Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Nottingham

Dr Rory Cormac is an Assistant Professor of International Relations. His research specialises in intelligence, covert action, and national security. Before joining Nottingham, Rory worked at the University of Warwick and King's College London.

He is currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow on a project exploring British approaches to covert action, 1945-1968.

Rory is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His primary area of research is on British intelligence, covert action, and secret foreign policy. His debut book, Confronting the Colonies: British Intelligence and Counterinsurgency, explores the interface between intelligence assessment and policymaking.

Rory is particularly interested in British covert action. He is currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow exploring British approaches to covert action has also published articles in this field. Rory has additionally published a number of articles on the role of intelligence in countering unconventional threats, from terrorism to economic insecurity.

Rory has appeared in numerous national and international media outlets, including the BBC 5Live Breakfast Show, BBC News 24, BBC World TV, BBC 2 (on Portillo's State Secrets), BBC Radio 4 (Document), The Independent on Sunday, Newsweek Europe, Notts TV, and Russia Today.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Nottingham