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John Berryman

Associate Lecturer in International Relations


John was educated at the University of Birmingham and the London School of Economics and Political Science and has taught diplomatic history and international relations 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 also taught courses at Birkbeck 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 2000)

  • ‘Russian Security Policy and the Geopolitics of Eurasia’, in Roger E. Kamet, ed., Routledge Handbook of Russian Security. London and New York: Routledge, 2019, pp. 288-298.
  • ‘Geopolitics’, in Andrei P. Tsygankov, ed., Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy.London and New York: Routledge, 2018, pp. 60-78.
  • 'Russia and the European Security Order: Impact and Implications of the Ukraine Crisis', in Roger E. Kanet, ed., The Russian Challenge to the European Security Environment. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 167-188.
  • 'Crimea: Geopolitics and Tourism', in Derek Hall, ed., Tourism and Geopolitics: Issues and Concepts from Central and Eastern Europe. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI, 2017, pp. 57-70.
  • '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.

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