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Prof. Chris Bellamy

Professor Emeritus, University of Greenwich, UK

Chris Bellamy is Professor Emeritus of Maritime Security at the University of Greenwich where he was Director of the Greenwich Maritime Institute from 2010 to 2014. He is currently also a Visiting Research Fellow on the Changing Character of War (CCW) programme at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he is working on hybrid warfare which includes the nexus between war, terrorism, and criminality. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Hull, responsible for teaching the Law and Politics Department’s course on ‘Small Wars’. His work has embraced large-scale warfare and other forms of violence and conflict including terrorism, guerrilla warfare, and piracy. Prior to joining Greenwich, he was Director of the Security Studies Institute, Cranfield University, Academic Provider to the Defence Academy of the UK, from 1997 to 2010, and Defence Correspondent of the Independent newspaper from 1990 to 1997. In that role, he saw the conflict in Bosnia and Chechnya. Prior to that, he served as an officer in the British Army and as a Civil Servant in the UK MoD. He holds degrees in Modern History from Oxford, in Russian from the Council for National Academic Awards, in War Studies from King’s College, London and his Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet Military Doctrine from the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of eight major books including Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War, (Pan Macmillan 2007) which won the 2008 Westminster Medal for Military Literature and has been translated into five languages. He was also a consultant and subject editor on The Times Atlas of the Second World War (1989) and The Oxford Companion to Military History (2001).