The CCW Programme is connected to an extensive network of international partners, and has developed various links over ten years through exchanges, joint research, conferences and publications. Moreover, Oxford University has strong links to leading institutions throughout the world. The quality of Oxford’s research is regarded as world class and its expertise is widely sought. Oxford sends its academics and students outwards to engage with colleagues and institutions globally, but it also welcomes hundreds of international scholars every year. The University has three international offices, in the New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo which facilitate our extensive networks of scholarship, publications and our alumni relations.

In addition to these informal and personal connections, CCW has established formal memoranda of understanding with a number of international institutions: 

UN Staff System College

CCW has signed an exchange of letters with the United Nations Staff System College, based in Turin, Italy to collaborate on "Analysing and Understanding Non-State Armed Groups in the Field" in order to build UN capacity in this area. 

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

We have firm links with SAIS via a Memorandum of Understanding which covers staff and student exchanges, joint research activity, joint funding efforts and shared teaching.

The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies operates as a foundation for strategic thought, teacher development, and education at SAIS. It explores the relationship between politics and the many kinds of military power—from the use of terror by small, non-state groups to the threatened use of nuclear weapons—aiming to promote dialogue and innovative research on pressing national security issues. Since its founding in July 2004, following a generous gift from The Merrill Family Foundation, The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies has been a primary resource to improve the quality of teaching in strategic studies and promote dialogue on major issues of the United States national security agenda.

Through its ‘Strategic Dialogue’ programme, like CCW, the Merrill Center sponsors conferences, seminars, and other gatherings on contemporary security issues. It works both independently and with other local, national and international organizations to bring together scholars, policymakers and practitioners in small seminars or in large open forums in which the SAIS community and the public at large can participate.

Professor Eliot Cohen, the Director of the Merrill Center, has assisted in CCW becoming a permanent partner at the heart of Washington DC. Following Dr Johnson’s participation in the SAIS Basin Harbor class for those teaching strategic studies in the United States and Canada, plans have been discussed to run a joint summer school, establish more studentships, and exchange more staff. There have so far been exchanges where Dr Andrea Baumann, and doctoral students Jacob Stoil and Todd Greentree, have gone from CCW to SAIS.

The Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC)

A number of VRFs have been drawn from the RMCC and thanks to the efforts of Colonel Dr Andrew Godefrey and Colonel Dr Randall Wakelam, a Memorandum of Understanding has been drawn up to enable further exchanges and shared research activity. As a result, Canadian scholars have been able to attend CCW conferences and the Canadian Defence Attaché was invited to address the CCW seminar series and participate in the symposium of September 2014 on civil-military relations in the making of strategy.

The Royal Military College of Canada is a degree-granting university creating military officers and it is the only federal institution in Canada with these powers. RMC was established in 1876 and The Royal Military College of Canada Degrees Act, 1959 empowers the college to confer degrees in arts, science, and engineering. Programmes are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels on site through traditional studies and by distance learning through the Division of Continuing Studies.

The Academy of Military Science, Beijing and the National Defense University, Beijing

Through Chevening Scholarships organised by the British Council and the Foreign Office, it has been possible to have between two and five officer-academics of the PLA visit CCW as Visiting Research Fellows each year. The PLA officers, selected from China’s elite army research institutions, attend seminars and team meetings and receive support with their own research. The goal of these exchanges is to achieve a better understanding of Chinese thinking on strategy in a connected world, while our Visiting Fellows are keen to learn about the Western tradition of strategic thinking.

Turkish Army Staff College

Following the visits of a number of Visiting Fellows from the Turkish Army since 2004 and collaborative book project, a Memorandum of Understanding has been established between CCW and the Turkish Army Staff College. This MOU enables officers and academics in the Turkish defence establishment to take part in exchanges with CCW and resulted in a study day in Oxford to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in May 2015.


After a successful visit to CCW on 17 June 2015 to discuss military education, Rear Admiral Louise K Dedichen, Commandant of the Norwegian Defence Academy, has suggested a more formal relationship with CCW.


Following successful collaborations with the Netherlands Defence Academy and a visit to Oxford by the Academy’s Commandant, a Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed with CCW to formalise future exchanges and collaboration.