Professor Mark Webber

Professor Mark Webber

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Professor of International Politics

Contact details

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

Mark Webber is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham. Formerly the Head of the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University, he was also the Head of the School of Government and Society at Birmingham from 2011 – July 2019. He has been a Trustee of the British International Studies Association (BISA) since 2014 and is the BISA Chair, 2019 – 2020.

Mark is a NATO specialist and a one-time scholar of Russia and the former Soviet Union. Recent work in these areas has been published in the journals International AffairsEuropean Journal of International SecurityReview of International StudiesEuropean SecurityWest European Politics, and Journal of European Integration. He is co-editor (with Adrian Hyde-Price) of Theorising NATO: New Perspectives on the Transatlantic Alliance (Routledge 2016) and is currently completing a co-authored book (with James Sperling and Martin Smith) entitled What’s Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It. He is also co-editing (with James Sperling) the (Oxford) Handbook on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Mark teaches a Masters module on global politics and has been involved for ten years in organising student delegations attending the annual International Model NATO in Washington DC.  


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

Postgraduate supervision

Mark Webber is an International Relations specialist. Having begun his academic career specialising in Russian foreign policy, he has spent the last ten years teaching and researching foreign policy analysis, security studies and international organisations. The specific focus of his current research is the politics of NATO and European enlargement. In addition, his research interests include comparative international organisations and Russian foreign policy and the international politics of the former Soviet Union.

Other activities

Other professional appointments

  • Chair of 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


Recent publications


Webber, M & Hyde-Price, A (eds) 2016, Theorising NATO: New Perspectives on the Atlantic Alliance. Routledge, London and New York.


Floyd, R & Webber, M 2024, 'Making amends: emotions and the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine', International Affairs, vol. 100, no. 3, pp. 1149–1169.

Egan, M & Webber, M 2023, 'Brexit and ‘Global Britain’: role adaptation and contestation in trade policy', International Politics.

Webber, M 2023, 'Identity, status and role in UK foreign policy: Brexit and beyond', International Politics.

Sperling, J & Webber, M 2019, 'Trump's foreign policy and NATO: exit and voice', Review of International Studies, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 511-526.

Webber, M & Sperling, J 2017, 'NATO and the Ukraine Crisis: Collective Securitisation', European Journal of International Security , vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 19-46.

Dunn, D & Webber, M 2017, 'The UK, the European Union and NATO: Brexit’s Unintended Consequences', Global Affairs, vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 471-480.

Webber, M & Cladi, L 2016, 'Between autonomy and effectiveness: reassessing the EU's foreign policy toward the Israel-Palestine conflict', European Foreign Affairs Review, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 559-577. <>

Webber, M, Hallams, E & Smith, M 2014, 'Repairing NATO’s Motors’', International Affairs, pp. 773-793.

Webber, M & Sperling, J 2014, 'Security Governance in Europe: A Return to System', European Security, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 126-144.

Webber, M & Cladi, L 2012, 'Italian Foreign Policy in the post-ColdWar Period: a Neoclassical Realist Approach', European Security, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 205-219.


Webber, M 2016, The Perils of a NATO Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific. in A Moens & B Smith-Windsor (eds), NATO and Asia-Pacific. NATO Defense College, pp. 83 - 100. <>

Webber, M & Aris, S 2015, Loosely-coupled Confederalism: the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Post-Soviet Space. in S Dosenrode (ed.), Limits of Regional Integration . Ashgate, UK.

Webber, M 2014, Security Governance. in J Sperling (ed.), Handbook of Governance and Security . Edward Elgar.

Webber, M & Utley, R 2012, Before, During and After. in 9/11 Ten Years After.

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