About

Hello! I am Dr Patrick Porter, an Australian and Reader in War and International Security at Reading University.

Before that, I worked at the British Defence Academy, King’s College London, from 2006-2011.

From October 2013-2014, I will also be a Leverhulme Research Fellow.

I research and teach the bloody edge of International Relations, with a particular interest in American wars in the past and present, American strategic thought, and of armed force as an instrument of policy, and lately the question of international security in Asia.

More broady, I’m a historian of sorts with an interest in grand strategy and diplomatic history, the way nations think and behave on the grand chessboard, how they rise and fall, how they think about force in human affairs and as a tool of policy, and how they align their power, interests and values.

Mini-bio: born in Canberra, grew up in Melbourne, and did a DPhil at Oxford.

My first book came out in 2009 with Columbia University Press and Hurst, Military Orientalism: Eastern War through Western Eyes

My next book is The Global Village Myth: Distance and Strategy in Modern War with Georgetown University Press, coming out in 2015.

I have written a Monograph on the grand strategic choices facing the United States, available for download here.

I’m a contributing Editor at the online strategy journal Infinity.

I’ve written journal articles in Journal of Strategic Studies, Diplomacy and Statecraft, War in History, International Affairs (x2) ,  and War and Society among others.

I’ve written in The National Interest, a couple of pieces for the Australian press on defence/security related matters, a piece for Le Monde Diplomatique, also podcasted here, one for The World Today, and done an interview for CNN.

Hobbies: cigars, beer, low-brow ancient Rome novels, watching footy and cricket, playing with my cat, and writing.

Unlike many blogs, this one isn’t interactive and doesn’t do ‘comments.’ Hopefully it attracts readers, but without the cacophany!

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