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Dr. David Strachan-Morris


Dr. David Strachan-Morris is a Lecturer in Intelligence and Security in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester, UK.  He is the Programme Director for the Distance Learning MA in Intelligence and Security, and is Director of Distance Learning for the School of History, Politics and International Relations. Previously, he worked as a political and security risk analyst in the private sector and served in the British Army as an intelligence operator.  He holds a PhD from the University of Wolverhampton, awarded in 2011.  He is the Social Media Editor of the journal Intelligence and National Security, a member of the board of the Europe Chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) with responsibility for international outreach, and an active member of the International Studies Association Intelligence Studies Section.  In 2018, he chaired the IAFIE Europe Annual Conference at the University of Leicester.  


Dr. Strachan-Morris’ research interests include intelligence, counterinsurgency, and private security companies. His primary research interest is intelligence, concentrating on issues of risk and uncertainty, looking at how intelligence agencies—in the public and private sectors—can best support decision makers in complex environments.  His secondary research interest is counterinsurgency, looking at its continued utility as an operational level tool to enable a military force to achieve a specific aim in a specific area.  He also has a special interest in private security companies, mainly working on issues of oversight and control.  His public policy work includes an evaluation of a pilot project to improve intelligence sharing for the National Police Chiefs Council Criminal Records Office.  


Dr. Strachan-Morris’ recent publications include: ‘The Who, What, Why, and How of Teaching Intelligence: The Leicester Approach’ (co-authored with Mark Phythian and Helen Dexter), Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 32, No. 7, June 2017, pp. 920-934; ‘Controlling the Corporate Warrior in Iraq’ in Gary Schaub (ed.), Private Military and Security Contractors: Controlling the Corporate Warrior (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016); ‘The Intelligence Cycle in the Corporate World: Bespoke or Off the Shelf’ in Mark Phythian (ed.), Understanding the Intelligence Cycle (Routledge, 2013), pp. 119-133; ‘From the Banana Wars to the Three Block War: Warrior Scholars in the US Marine Corps’, in Mumford and Reis (eds.), Warrior Scholars in Counterinsurgency (Routledge, 2013), pp. 70-83; ‘Threat and Risk: What is the Difference and Why Does it Matter?’, Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 27, No. 2, April 2012, pp. 172-186; and ‘Leadership Decapitation: Al Qa’ida in Iraq as a Case Study’, RUSI Journal, Vol. 155, No. 4, 2010, pp. 32-26.

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