Commander Bobby Baker was the U.S. Navy Hudson Fellow for academic year 2013–14. He previously served as the Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 192. His research focused on the European Union’s Naval Force Operation Atlanta that was launched to prevent and combat acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia. He investigated why and how this operation was created and its global impact on international maritime security cooperation.
Lieutenant Ryan Coatalen-Hodgson, RN Hudson Fellow (Trinity Term, 2013) used his term in Oxford to prepare for his deployment to Russia.
Major-General Christopher Elliott was formerly the Director General of Doctrine and Development, British Army and latterly Director of Doctrine and Strategic Analysis for General Dynamics UK Ltd. During his fellowship he wrote High Command (2014). He remains a Research Associate of the Programme.
Squadron Leader Tim Fawdry-Jeffries was one of the Royal Air Force Fellows in 2013–14. His research focused on how the creation of a sufficiently compelling perception of victory can influence, and even take primacy over, the tangible outcomes of conflict. He used the 2nd Lebanon War and the Gaza War as exemplars to propose methods by which a successful narrative of victory can be constructed.
Captain Neil Foot-Tapping is a British Army officer from the 9th/12th Royal Lancers. His research examined the ability of the UK to exert power following restructuring and transformation, looking particularly at the adaptive force and upstream capacity building. He moved on to the Defence Academy in Shrivenham in 2014 for the Intermediate Command and Staff Course.
Major Mirjam Grandia Mantas is a serving officer in the Netherlands army. She has conducting a comparative analysis of why and how the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have deployed their military forces for the stabilisation of South Afghanistan at the University Leiden and spent a term with CCW as part of her research.
Professor Agustin Guimera is a Spanish naval historian. He spent Hilary Term 2014 in Oxford while working on a book on Jervis/Mazarredo 1797–1799.
Major Metin Gurcan, of the Turkish military and Turkish Staff College, came to Oxford in Hilary Term 2014 while working on a book on COIN efforts in TRMEs (Tribalized Rural Muslim Environments). He is the CCW-TAF link in our institutional relationship and will return to the Programme in 2015–16.
Mitsuko Hayashi was Defence Counsellor (Head of the Defence Team) in the Embassy of Japan in London and now serves in the defence section of the Japanese Government. She spent one term in Oxford during her time in the London Embassy.
Professor Men Hongua is KF Chair Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for International Strategic Studies at the Central Party School, Beijing, China. He spent Michaelmas Term 2013 and Hilary Term 2014 with the Programme while on Sabbatical.
Dr Zhong Jing was one of two Chevening Government-Exchange Research Fellows. She produced a paper on ‘Space Security and Strategic Stability’ during her two terms in Oxford.
Group Captain Richard Mason (Michaelmas 2013 and Hilary Term 2014) is a serving Royal Air Force Officer who has just completed the Ministry of Defence’s Higher Command and Staff Course. His research into the impact of remote warfare on the moral component of Air Fighting Power used Remotely Piloted Air Systems as an exemplar. It focused on the implications of ‘killing from afar’ on the morale and ethos of the crews involved.
Colonel Rob Rider is former Commander of the Military Assistance Group. He used his term with CCW to examine how the British Army could devise more effective, culturally-aware, and collaborative methods of intervention and interaction with indigenous security forces.
Captain Joseph Robinson, Army Defence Fellow (Trinity and Michaelmas 2014 – see left for details)
Captain Thomas Ross, Army Defence Fellow (Trinity and Michaelmas 2014 – see left for details)
Captain Sean Ryan works on open source intelligence issues. His paper looked at the influence of the internet on freely available information, and how traditional intelligence architectures can adapt to a changed calculation of information asymmetry.
Captain James Sides (Michaelmas Term, 2013) is an officer of the Intelligence Corps who conducted research into the transformation of his corps during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly the change of emphasis to human terrain analysis.
Dr Deividas Slekys is a lecturer at the Lithuanian Military Academy. He spent two terms in Oxford as part of his research on military thought and its evolution in Lithuania since 1990 and will be returning to Oxford in 2015 to continue his collaborative research with the Programme.
Air Commodore Andrew Turner spent Hilary Term 2014 in Oxford after returning from service in the White House and Pentagon in Washington DC and as preparation for his next appointment. He researched the relative weight Governments apply between vital national interests and core values when determining whether to commit force and subsequently in the formulation of military strategies. He went on to command 22 Group, responsible for future development in the RAF.
Lt Col Alexandre Vautravers is Professor of International Relations, Webster University Geneva and Head of Military Intelligence (G2), 1st Armored Brigade, Swiss Armed Forces. He also edits the Swiss Military Review. He spent some of his sabbatical with the Programme in 2013–14.
Dr Neil Verrall is a Principal Psychologist with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). He is a senior member of DSTL’s Human Systems Group and his career has focused on the human dimension of military behaviour and performance. As an applied scientist Neil deployed to Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (2008, 2009, 2011) in order to conduct human sciences research and lead Dstl’s operational analysis capability in deployed headquarters. Neil has also been awarded a NATO Excellence Award for his contribution to various research groups studying the cultural factors of multinational forces and coalitions. Neil’s research for the Changing Character of War programme focussed on Defence and cross-Government strategic communication and influence.
Col (Retd) Dr Randall Wakelam (Hilary, Trinity and Michaelmas Terms 2014 – see left for details)
Captain Jon White, RN Hudson Fellow (Hilary, Trinity and Michaelmas Terms 2014 – see above for details)
Dr Paul Winter is a military historian and author. He came to Oxford while working on a book on Operation ‘Overlord’ to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Dr Li Xiaolu was one of two Chevening Government-Exchange Research Fellows. Her paper looked at Sino-US relations in the coming decade.
Professor Xiao Xi is Professor of International Politics at Jilan University, Changchun City, P.R. China. She was awarded a China State Scholarship to spend two terms in Oxford.