John is an Associate Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics at Birkbeck.
He was educated at the University of Birmingham and the London School of Economics and Political Science and has taught diplomatic history, international relations, and strategic studies at several universities, including the LSE, the University of Reading, the Open University, and SOAS.
- John’s current teaching at Birkbeck comprises The Evolution of the International System and he has taught courses on Russia: Re-Emerging Great Power and China as a Great Power.
- John’s research focuses on Russian foreign and security policy and he has held a British Council Award for research in Russia. He also has a research interest in seapower and has been awarded the Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
- He is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Publications (since 1997)
- ‘Russian Grand Strategy and the Ukraine Crisis: An Historical Cut’, in Matthew Sussex and Roger E. Kanet, eds., Power, Politics and Confrontation in Eurasia: Foreign Policy in a Contested Area. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 186-209.
- ‘”Fear and Loathing” in the Kremlin: Russia and the Challenge of Intervention’, in Roger E. Kanet and Remi Piet, eds., Shifting Priorities in Russian Foreign and Security Policy. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014, pp. 51-71.
- ‘Geopolitics and Russian foreign policy’, International Politics, 49 (4) June-July 2012, pp. 530-44.
- ‘Russia, NATO Enlargement, and ‘Regions of Privileged Interests’, in Roger E. Kanet, ed., Russian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 228-47.
- ‘Russia and China in Eurasia: The Wary Partnership’, in Maria R. Freire and Roger E. Kanet, eds., Key Players and Regional Dynamics in Eurasia: The Return of the ‘Great Game’. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 126-45.
- ‘Russia, NATO Enlargement and the New ‘Lands in Between’, in Roger E. Kanet, ed., A Resurgent Russia and the West: The European Union, NATO and Beyond. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Republic of Letters Publishing, 2009, pp. 163-188.
- ‘Russia and China in the New Central Asia: The Security Agenda’ in Roger E. Kanet, ed., Russia: Re-Emerging Great Power. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp. 152-172.
- ‘Putin’s International Security Priorities’ in Roger E. Kanet, ed., The New Security Environment: The Impact on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp. 39-62.
- ‘British Imperial Defence Strategy and Russia: The Role of the Royal Navy in the Far East, 1878-1898’, International Journal of Naval History 1 (1) April 2002.
- ‘Russia and the Illicit Arms Trade’ in Mark Phythian, ed., ‘Special Issue: Under the Counter and over the Border: Aspects of the Contemporary Trade in Illicit Arms’ in Crime, Law and Social Change, 33 (1-2) March 2000, pp. 85-104.
- ‘Russian Foreign Policy: An Overview' in Mike Bowker and Cameron Ross, eds., Russia After the Cold War. London and New York: Longman, 2000, pp. 336-358.
- 'Russian Security Policy and Northern Europe' in William E. Ferry and Roger E. Kanet, eds., Post-Communist States in the World Community: Selected Papers from the Fifth World Congress of Central and East European Studies. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998, pp. 108-133.
- ‘Rossiya i Zapad: Granitsi Mnogoobraziya’ [Russia and the West: The Limits of Multilateralism] in Vilen Nikolaevich Ivanov and Sergei Aleksandrovich Kravchenko, eds., Integratsiya i Dezintegratsiya v Sovremennom Mire: Rossiya i Zapad. Materiali Mezhdunarodnoi Konferensii
- [Integration and Disintegration in the Contemporary World: Russia and the West. Materials of an International Conference] 9-14 October 1996. Moscow: MGIMO, 1997, pp. 46-50.
- ‘Towards 2000: Russia’s Strategic Perspectives and Russian Military Forces’, in Martin Dangerfield et al eds., Europe: From East to West. Varna: PIC, 1997, pp. 85-94.