Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Tom Waldman

Lecturer

ESRC-funded PhD in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, 2009; MRes, Politics and International Relations, Sheffield; MA, International Studies, Sheffield; BA Hons, History, Newcastle.

Research interests

  • The politics of war
  • Clausewitz
  • Western strategy

Biography

Tom's research interests currently focus on contemporary war and strategy - in particular, the politics of war and the illusion of 'cost-free warfare'. His book - War, Clausewitz and the Trinity - interprets Clausewitz's theory of war and relates it to contemporary debates about the nature of modern conflict.

Tom was previously Lecturer at the University of York where he taught and worked extensively on issues of post-war recovery, conflict analysis and security sector reform. He has experience working in war-torn countries includes Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Tom has also published widely on statebuilding, intra-state war, the research-policy nexus, Afghanistan and Clausewitz in peer-reviewed journals such as International Affairs, Defence Studies, Parameters, Civil Wars, Journal of Statebuilding and Intervention and Conflict, Security and Development (see: https://york.academia.edu/ThomasWaldman). He has also written policy reports for the UK government and World Bank amongst others.

Tom is Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Security Studies at the University of Hull, UK.

Tom can be followed on Twitter: @tom_waldman.

Teaching

  • PICTXXX Strategic Concepts (2017)
  • PICTXXX Modern Warfare (2017)

Available student projects

Modern warfare, contemporary strategy, US foreign policy, intra-state conflict and conflict analysis

Publications

Books

  • (2014) Understanding Influence: The Use of Statebuilding Research in British Policy, with Sultan Barakat and Andrea Varisco (Ashgate)
  • (2013) War, Clausewitz and the Trinity (Ashgate)

Book chapters

  • (2014) 'The Changing Nature of Intrastate War and the New Wars', with Caroline Kennedy, in Edward Newman and Karl DeRouen Jr (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars (Routledge)
  • (2013) 'Ways of War in the Twenty-First Century', with Caroline Kennedy, in Beeson and Bisley (Eds.), Issues in 21st Century World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan)

Journal Articles

  • (2014) 'Reconciliation and Research in Afghanistan: An Analytical Narrative', International Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 5
  • (2014) 'The Use of Statebuilding Research in Fragile States: Evidence from British Policymaking in Afghanistan, Nepal and Sierra Leone', Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Vol. 8, No. 2-3
  • (2013) 'Conflict analysis for the twenty-first century', with Sultan Barakat, Conflict, Security and Development, Vol. 13, No. 3
  • (2012) 'Clausewitz and the Study of War', Defence Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3
  • (2010) 'Politics and War: Clausewitz's Paradoxical Equation', Parameters, Vol. 40, No. 3
  • (2007) 'British Post-Conflict Operations in Iraq: Into the Heart of Strategic Darkness', Civil Wars, Vol. 9, No. 1
  • (2010) 'Politics and War: Clausewitz's Paradoxical Equation', Parameters, Vol. 40, No. 3
  • (2010) 'Shadows of Uncertainty: Clausewitz's Timeless Analysis of Chance in War', Defence Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3
  • (2007) 'British Post-Conflict Operations in Iraq: Into the Heart of Strategic Darkness', Civil Wars, Vol. 9, No. 1

Reports

  • (2015) Evaluation of Cluster Development Community Council (CCDC) Pilot Project. Report for the Government of Afghanistan and World Bank
  • (2014) Understanding Influence: Summary Report for DfID. Internal report for UK Department of International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council
  • (2011) Revising the SCA: Toward a Joint Framework for Conflict Analysis. Internal report for UK Department of International Development. Internal Report
  • (2009) Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Youth. Internal report for Student Partnerships Worldwide, London
  • (2008) British defence policy since 1997. Research Paper for the House of Commons Research Service in the United Kingdom
  • (2008) British defence policy since 1997: background issues. Research Paper for the House of Commons Research Service in the United Kingdom
  • (2005) Conflict Dynamics in Cote D'Ivoire and the Mano River Region. Internal report for Oxfam GB in Dakar, Senegal. Internal Research Paper

Other publications

  • (2016) 'Drone Chic', with Caroline Kennedy and James I. Rogers, Briefing Paper, Remote Control Project (remorecontrolproject.org
  • (2013) 'Clausewitz as Creative Director', e-International Relations

Book Reviews

  • (2007) 'Strategy and History', by Colin S. Gray, Political Studies Review

Presentations

  • 'The Relationship Between Academia and Peacebuilding Policy', roundtable paper presented at the International Studies Association conference, Atlanta, 2016.
  • 'Clausewitz and Cost-Free War', paper presented at the 'Challenging the Narrative of Cost-Free War' workshop, University of St Andrews, 2015.
  • 'Clausewitz and the Politics of War', invited talk chaired by Prof. Steven E. Miller at the Belfer Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2013.
  • 'Understanding Influence: Statebuilding Research in British Policy', talk at UK House of Lords hosted by Baroness Harris of Richmond, 2013.
  • 'Revising the SCA: Toward a Joint Framework for Conflict Analysis', presentation of report to DFID's high-level Conflict Reference Group, 2011.
  • 'Tony Blair and the Iraq War', paper presented at the International Studies Association conference, Chicago, 2007.

Projects

  • 2014-15: Evaluation of Cluster Development Community Council (CCDC) Pilot Project. Funded by the Government of Afghanistan and World Bank
  • 2012: Revising the SCA: Toward a Joint Framework for Conflict Analysis. Funded by UK Department of International Development
  • 2011-14: The Influence of DfID-sponsored Statebuilding-Oriented Research on British Policy in Fragile, Post-Conflict Environments. Funded by UK Department of International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council

Related websites

LinkedIn; GoogleScholar; Twitter; Academia

Contact Information:
Phone: +61 (0)2 9850 1431
Fax: +61 (0)2 9850 1440
Email: Tom.Waldman@mq.edu.au
Office location:
Level 2, South Wing, 
Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University NSW 2109