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Gerald Hughes

Reader in Military History and Intelligence Studies in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University

R. Gerald Hughes is Reader in Military history, also specialising in diplomatic history and the history of intelligence. He holds undergraduate and Masters degrees from the Universities of Stirling, Bangor and Aberystwyth. He was awarded a Ph.D by the University of Wales in 2000 on the subject of British policy towards West German Ostpolitik in the years 1955-1967. Hughes is the reviews editor of Intelligence & National Security, the world's leading journal on the role of intelligence in international affairs, and the editor of the Study Group on Intelligence newsletter. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His publications include ‘Carl von Clausewitz and his Philosophy of War: The Evolution of a Reputation, 1831–2021’, *History* 105 (368) (2020); ‘“First Gain the Victory and then Make the Best Use of it you can”: the Royal Navy in the Aftermath of the Falklands War’, *International Journal of Military History and Historiography*, 43 (2023); (with Stephen Hanna), ‘Journeys Back Along the Roads to Mandalay, Imphal and Kohima: Recent Contributions to the History of the Burma Theatre in the Second World War’, *Intelligence and National Security*, 37/1 (2021); and (with Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones), ‘Timely memoirs and the ‘British invasion’: Two trends in the historiography of the CIA’, *Journal of Intelligence History*, (2022). His published books include Britain, Germany and the Cold War: The Search for a European Détente, 1949–1967 (2007/2014); *The Postwar Legacy of Appeasement: British Foreign Policy since 1945* (2014); and, as editor with Len Scott, *The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Critical Reappraisal* (2016).


  • –present
    Reader in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University