RICHARD J. ALDRICH a University of Nottingham, Online Publication Date: 01 March 1997
Richard J. Aldrich is a Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick and joined PAIS in September 2007. His main research interests lie in the area of intelligence and security communities. His most recent book isThe Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers, co-authored with Rory Cormac which explores the interaction between intelligence and the UK core executive. This will be published by Collins on 21 April 2016.
Over the last few years he has led an AHRC project entitled “Landscapes of Secrecy: The Central Intelligence Agency and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy, 1947-2001” which received follow on funding. This involved a team of eight scholars at the universities of Nottingham and Warwick who examined the creation of the public record of the CIA in realms such as history, memoirs, novels, film and the press. The end of project conference took place at the University of Nottingham in the East Midlands Conference Centre and the full conference is now available as a podcast. Some of the work of the team was published in a special edition of the journal History.
He also maintains related interests in the future of cyber security, liberty and privacy, set against a background of accelerating globalization. These wider interests extend to developments in information technology, including public key cryptography. The technology of secrecy – particularly secure communications – has exerted an important but largely neglected influence upon the conduct of international relations. In 2010, he completed a history ofGCHQ which was published by Collins and helps to lead the new Warwick Cyber Security GRP. In September 2016 he will take up a Levehulme Major Research Fellowship to investigate the future of secrecy.
Additional interests include contemporary history and how the past connects to the present. He advises a number of UK government departments on issues of records management, declassification and corporate memory.