Professor Patrick Porter

Professor Patrick Porter

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Professor of International Security and Strategy

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.

His research interests are great power politics, grand strategy, realism, the causes and consequences of major powers’ decline, the Iraq war of 2003, foreign and defence policy in the US and UK, and the intellectual life of major powers and their foreign policy establishments.

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 lead articles in International Security and Security Studies, as well as in 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, Politico, The Critic, The New Statesman, the Australian Financial Review 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. He is currently Senior Academic Advisor for RAND Europe’s Global Strategic Partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC).


  • DPhil, Modern History, Magdalen College Oxford
  • BA(Hons)/LLB, University of Melbourne


Selected publications

(with David Blagden) “Desert Shield of the Republic? A Realist Case for Abandoning the Middle East”, Security Studies 30:1 (2021), pp.5-48. 

The False Promise of Liberal Order: Nostalgia, Delusion and The Rise of Trump (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2020). 

‘Why America’s’ Grand Strategy Has Not Changed: Power, Habit and the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment,’ International Security 42:4 (2018), pp.9-46. 

Blunder: Britain’s War in Iraq (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). 

"Advice for a Dark Age: Managing Great Power Competition,” The Washington Quarterly 42:1 (April 2019), pp.7-25. 

‘Taking Uncertainty Seriously: Classical Realism and National Security’ European Journal of International Security 1:2 (2016), pp.239-260. 

The Global Village Myth: Distance, War and the Limits of Power (Georgetown University Press 2015) 

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