Edward Burke

Associate Professor in International Relations specialising in the study of insurgency, terrorism and political violence

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Author of An Army of Tribes: British Army Cohesion, Deviancy and Murder in Northern Ireland
Regularly writes opinion pieces including for The Guardian, The Irish Times, El País and The New York Times
Has appeared as an expert witness at the UK Houses of Parliament and the European Parliament

Dr Edward Burke is an Associate Professor in International Relations specialising in the study of insurgency, terrorism and political violence.

In May 2020, Edward commenced a two-year early career fellowship funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council investigating “The Greatest Weight? Paramilitaries, Deterrent Violence and Feud in Ulster’s Borderlands since 1920.” This follows his 2018 book An Army of Tribes: British Army Cohesion, Deviancy and Murder in Northern Ireland, about the experiences of the British Army in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s, which was published by Liverpool University Press.

Edward’s most recent research has appeared in Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, PRISM, and the RUSI Journal. His work has been reported on by the Financial Times and the Economist, amongst other media.

His media contributions include opinion articles for The GuardianThe Irish TimesEl País and The New York Times. He has also appeared as an expert witness at the UK Houses of Parliament and the European Parliament, and he has lectured at the Royal United Services Institute and at Chatham House.

Prior to joining the University of Nottingham in September 2017, Edward was Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Portsmouth, prioer to which he completed his PhD at the Centre for Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in 2016.

From 2010 to 2011 he was Deputy Head of the International Police Coordination Board in Kabul, Afghanistan, having previously served as Strategy, Planning, Analysis and Reporting Officer at the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan. Edward has also worked as a Foreign Policy Fellow at FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior) in Madrid, and at the Centre for European Reform in London.

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