Patrick Porter is Professor of International Security and Strategy at the University of Birmingham. He is also Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, London and a Fellow of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.
His research interests are great power politics, foreign and defence policy in the US and UK, and realism in International Relations, with a particular focus on the interaction of power and ideas, and the problems of hubris, overstretch and self-defeating behaviour.
He has written four books. His book Blunder: Britain's War in Iraq (Oxford University Press, 2018) was shortlisted for the British Army Military Book of the Year Prize, 2019. His most recent book is The False Promise of Liberal Order: Nostalgia, Delusion and the Rise of Trump (Polity, 2020). He also wrote The Global Village Myth: Distance, War and the Limits of Power (Georgetown University Press, 2015) and Military Orientalism: Eastern War through Western Eyes (Columbia University Press, 2009.
He has published in International Security, the Journal of Strategic Studies, International Affairs, the Washington Quarterly, Security Dialogue, Diplomacy and Statecraft, and War in History. He also writes opinion pieces in The National Interest, The Critic Magazine and The American Conservative.
He has appeared as an expert witness before the parliamentary Defence Select Committee, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, and the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.