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Dr David Ucko

Adjunct Fellow, Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG)

Research interests

  • Counterinsurgency and stability operations
  • War to Peace Transitions
  • Civil War
  • Military innovation


Dr David H. Ucko has been working at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, since 2003, researching civil war, stability operations, and the role of third-party interventions in war-to-peace transitions. During this time, Dr Ucko has held visiting fellowships at a series of thinktanks and research institutions. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral (TAPIR) Fellow at the RAND Corporation in Washington DC and at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, where his main research areas included counterinsurgency, reintegration of armed combatants, and the future of NATO.

Previously, Dr Ucko worked as a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies-US. In 2001-2003, he worked as a Deputy Defense Analyst at the IISS in London, where he created and helped develop the Armed Conflict Database, an online and interactive repository of information on conflict worldwide.

Dr Ucko obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of War Studies in 2007, with a thesis examining the US military's institutional learning of counterinsurgency in the 2001-07 period. In 2001, he was awarded a First Class BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and, in 2004 a MRes at the Department of War Studies.

Current research

Dr David Ucko is an Adjunct Fellow supporting the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG), King's College London. He is involved in the administrative and analytical development of various research modules on civil war and war-to-peace transition. Topics currently under review include the role of force in peace operations, the reintegration of armed groups following conflict, and the adaptation of international institutions for involvement in war-to-peace activities.


Dr Ucko is the author of Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare (Columbia University Press, 2013), The New Counterinsurgency Era: Transforming the U.S. Military for Modern Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Reintegrating Armed Groups After Conflict: Politics, Violence and Transition (Routledge, 2009).

 For a full list of Dr Ucko’s publications, see here

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