Dr. Graeme P. Herd

Professor of transnational security studies, Dr. Graeme Herd talks about approaches to international relations today in our 2020 Program on Applied Security Studies Main Modules Course.
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Dr. Graeme P. Herd

Dr. Graeme P. Herd

Transnational Security Studies

Graeme P. Herd is a Professor of Transnational Security Studies and chair of the Research and Policy Analysis Department at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (GCMC). From January 2021, Dr. Graeme Herd directs a new GCMC Russia Hybrid monthly Seminar Series which focuses on Russian risk calculus, red lines and crisis behavior and the implications of this for policy responses for the United States, Germany, friends and allies.”   

Before joining the GCMC Graeme was appointed Professor of International Relations and founding Director of the School of Government, and Associate Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Plymouth, UK (2013-14).  He established the ‘Centre for Seapower and Strategy’ at the Britannia Royal Naval Academy, Dartmouth. He has an MA in History-Classical Studies from the University of Aberdeen (1989), and a PhD in Russian history, University of Aberdeen (1995). 


Graeme has published nine books, written over 70 academic papers and delivered over 100 academic and policy-related presentations in 46 countries.  He is currently writing a manuscript that examines the relationship between Russia’s strategic culture and President Putin’s operational code on decision-making in Russia today.  He also is the coordinator of an edited book project entitled ‘Russia’s Global Reach – a Statecraft Assessment’ in conjunction with faculty from the GCMC and four other regional centers and selected external experts.  This manuscript will be published in early 2021. Other major recent book publications include:

Understanding NATO in the 21st Century: Alliance Strategies, Security and Global Governance, ed. John Kriendler, (London and New York: Routledge, 2013).

with Nayef Al-Rodhan and Lisa Watanabe, Critical Turning Points in the Middle East, 1915-2015 (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011).

Great Powers and Strategic Stability in the 21st Century: Competing Visions of World Order, ed. Graeme P. Herd (London: Routledge, 2010).

with Paul Dukes and Jarmo Kotilaine, Stuarts and Romanovs: The Rise and Fall of a Special Relationship (Dundee: Dundee University Press, 2009).

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

Renewed Transatlantic Responses towards China: Identifying Common Ground,” Marshall Center Perspectives, No. 18 (November 2020).

Conclusions,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 10, No. 3, 2020: 62-63.

Great Power Competition and Europe,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  10, No. 3, 2020: 7-9.

COVID-19, Russian Power Transition Scenarios, and President Putin’s Operational Code,” Marshall Center Security Insight, No. 51 (April 2020).

COVID-19, Russian Responses, and President Putin’s Operational Code,” Marshall Center Security Insight, No. 50 (April 2020).

Laden With Risk,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 9, No. 3 (2019): 34-41.

“Putin's Operational Code and Strategic Decision Making in Russia,” in The Routledge Handbook of Russian Security, ed. Roger E. Kanet, (London and New York: Routledge, 2019), 17-30.

Chinese Foreign Policy towards Russia and Eurasia,” in China’s Global Influence: Perspectives and Recommendations, ed. Scott D. McDonald and Michael C. Burgoyne,(APCSS, 2019), 84-97.

“In Brexit’s Shadow: Germany and the United Kingdom,” in Germany’s New Partners: Bilateral Relations of Europe’s Reluctant Leader, ed. Sven Bernhard Gareis and Matthew Rhodes, (Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2019), 71-86.

Executive Summary: Understanding Russian Strategic Behavior Russia Strategic Initiative-Workshop 3 March 18-19, 2019,” Marshall Center Perspectives, No. 10 (March 2019).

Russia’s Hybrid State and President Putin’s Fourth-Term Foreign Policy?,” The RUSI Journal 163, No. 4 (October 2018): 20-28.

“Hybrid Conflict 2.0: Targeting the West,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  7, Special Edition, 2016: 6-13.

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