Research Interests

Strategic studies, world affairs and political thought. Much of my work has focused on the international relations of the United States and the People’s Republic of China.


Senior Lecturer in International Politics, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Hull

PhD Supervision

Six of my former supervisees have now passed their examinations.

Funded Research Projects

‘New players, new rules? Cooperation and conflict between the European Union and the Peoples’ Republic of China’, funded by the British Academy in 2007-2008.

‘Emerging Conflicts of Principle’. Between 2003 and 2007, the Institute for Applied Ethics at the University of Hull awarded me multiple grants for my research into NGOs, the anti-globalisation movement and contemporary moral rhetoric. I also received funds from the International Peace Research Institute.

‘The Commercialization of Space and the Development of Space Infrastructure: The Role of Public and Private Actors’, funded by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in 2003.


Selected Publications

Single-Authored Books

Emerging Conflicts of Principle: International Relations and the Clash between Cosmopolitanism and Republicanism (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).

Ancient China on Postmodern War (London: Routledge, 2007).

Theoretical Roots of US Foreign Policy (London: Routledge, 2006).

European Defence Budgets (London: Smi Inc., 2002).

Chinese Grand Strategy and Maritime Power (London: Frank Cass, 2002).

Naval Land Attack Systems (London: SMi Inc., 2001).

Military Logistics and Strategic Performance (London: Frank Cass, 2001).


Multi-Authored Books

‘Lying Down with Dogs: The Inadequacy of Machiavellianism as a Basis for US Foreign Policy’, in George Kassimeris and John Buckley (eds), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 257-269.

‘Realism’ in Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge, editors, New Directions In US Foreign Policy (Abingdon: Routledge, 2009), pp. 5-17, ISBN 978-0-415-77749-0.

‘China’s Nuclear Weapons’ in David M. Haugen (ed.), Opposing Viewpoints: China (Farmington Hills, Thomson and Gale, 2006), 123-133.

I contributed to Space 2030: Tackling Society’s Challenges (Paris, OECD Publishing, 2005). My work appears, not as a single chapter, but dispersed throughout the book.

‘China’s Foundations’ in Guoli Liu (ed.), China’s Foreign Policy in Transition (New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 2004), pp. 101-115.

‘Inauspicious Tools: Chinese Thought on the Morality of Warfare’ in Paul Robinson (ed.), Just War in Comparative Perspective (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), pp. 193-152.



‘Closer Ties Help Beijing Achieve Global Goals’, Defense News, (09/17/2007), p. 29.

‘Hot Planet, Cold Wars: Climate Change and Ideological Conflict’, Energy and Environment, Vol. 18, No. 5 (August 2007), pp. 533-547.

‘Are We Having Fun Yet? The Concept of Happiness in Political Studies’, International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2004), accessible on-line at

‘Slippery Business: The role of oil in Iraqi conflict’, Energy and Environment, Vol. 15, No. 1 (January 2004), pp. 55-68.

‘Dragon or Dinosaur: China’s Nuclear Weapons Programme in the 21st Century’,
Parameters, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Winter 2003-04), pp. 98-113.

(Co-authored with Dr. Lawrence Serewicz), ‘China’s Hunger: The Consequences of a Rising Demand for Food and Energy’, Parameters, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Autumn 2001), pp.63-75.

‘To Hear the Thunder’, Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, Vol. 28, No.1, January-March 2002, pp. 4-7.