Professor Mark Webber

Professor Mark Webber

School of Government and Society
Professor of International Politics
Head of Government and Society

Contact details

School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


  • PhD (Birmingham)
  • M.Soc.Sci (Birmingham)
  • BA (Warwick)


Mark Webber is an International Relations specialist. Having begun his academic career specialising in Russian foreign policy, he has spent the last twenty years teaching and researching foreign policy analysis, security studies and international organisation. He is widely published on NATO and the European Union, and has helped develop the concept of 'security governance' in International Relations theory. He is currently working on projects that apply the notion of 'collective securitization' to NATO and the EU.

Professor Webber is the Head of the School of Government and Society. 


Research and academic interests

  • The politics, history and theoretical interpretation of NATO 
  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Security governance
  • EU Common Security and Defence Policy
  • Comparative international organizations
  • Russian foreign policy and the international politics of the former Soviet Union

Current and recent projects

  • NATO after Afghanistan (ESRC Seminar Series, commencing October 2012).
  • Theorizing NATO
  • Europe after Enlargement
  • NATO: Survival or Regeneration? British Academy (completed 2007)
  • Inclusion, Exclusion and the Governance of European Security, Leverhulme Research Fellowship (completed 2004)
  • Security Governance in the New Europe, joint holder, Economic and Social Research Council, ‘New Security Challenges’ programme (completed 2002)

Other activities

Other professional appointments

  • Board of Trustees of the British International Studies Association
  • Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs
  • Member of the editorial board of European Security


Co-author (with James Sperling), 'NATO and the UKraine Crisis: Collective Securitisation', European Jourmal of International Security, Vol.2(1), 2017

Co-author (with Lorenzo Cladi), 'Between Autonomy and Effectiveness: Reassessing the EU's Foreign Policy Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict', European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol.21(4), 2016.

Co-editor (with Adrian Hyde-Price), Theorising NATO: New Perspectives on the Atlantic Alliance (London and New York: Routledge, 2016). 

(as lead author with Ellen Hallams and Martin A.Smith) 'Repairing NATO’s Motors', International Affairs, Vol.90(4), July 2014

(co-authored with James Sperling), 'Security Governance in Europe: A Return to System', European Security, Vol.23(2), 2014

'Security Governance', in James Sperling (ed.), Handbook of Governance and Security (Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 2014).

(with Azeem Ibrahim and Simon Smith), Defence and Security in an Independent Scotland (Edinburgh: The Scotland Institute, June 2013).

M. Webber, 'NATO after 9/11: Theoretical Perspectives', in E. Hallams, L. Ratti and B. Zyla (eds.), NATO beyond 9/11: the Transformation of the Atlantic Alliance (Palgrave, Macmillan: 2014).

M. Webber, 'NATO: Crisis. What Crisis?', Great Decisions (New York: Foreign Policy Association, 2013).

(with James Sperling), 'NATO's Intervention in the Afghan Civil War', Civil Wars, Vol.14(3), 2012, pp.344-372.

'NATO since 9/11' in R.E. Utley (ed), 9/11 Ten Years After: Perspectives and Problems (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012)

'NATO's Post-Cold War Operations in Europe', in J. Sperling and S.V. Papacosma (eds), NATO after Sixty Years: A Stable Crisis (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2012)

(co-authored with J. Sperling and M.A. Smith), NATO's Post-Cold War Trajectory: Decline or Regeneration? (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Three Questions for the Strategic Concept’, in J. Ringsmose and S. Rynning (eds.), NATO’s New Strategic Concept: A Comprehensive Assessment (Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies, 2011).

'The Common Security and Defence Policy in a Multilateral World', in P. Koutrakos (ed), European Foreign Policy: Legal and Political Perspectives (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011).

(co-authored with Lorenzo Cladi), ‘Italian Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold war Period: A Neoclassical Realist Approach’, European Security, Vol.20(2), 2011

‘NATO: within and Between European International Society’ Journal of European Integration, Vol. 32(2), 2011 (special issue co-edited by Yannis Stivachtis and Mark Webber on ‘Europe after Enlargement’)

(co-authored with James Sperling), ‘NATO: from Kosovo to Kabul’, International Affairs, Vol.85(3), 2009.

‘NATO: The United States, Transformation and the War in Afghanistan’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol.11(1), 2009

(with M.E. Smith), 'Political Dialogue and Security in the European Neighbourhood: The Virtues and Limits of “New Partnership Perspectives”’, European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol.13(1), 2008

Inclusion, Exclusion and the Governance of European Security (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2007).

(as lead author with T. Terriff, J. Howorth, S. Croft and E. Krahmann), 'The Governance of European Security', Review of International Studies, Vol.30(1), 2004

(as lead author with M. Smith and others), Foreign Policy in a Transformed World (Harlow, Essex: Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, 2002)

(as editor and contributor), Russia and Europe: Cooperation or Conflict? (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 2000)

CIS Integration Trends: Russia and the Former Soviet South (Royal Institute of International Affairs, Former Soviet South Key Paper, 1997)

The International Politics of Russia and the Successor States (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1996)

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