Acute observer of government
and secret intelligence

Bill Emmott"No 10: Secret Intelligence and Prime Ministers"

Professor Richard Aldrich

Professor of International Security,
University of Warwick


Richard J. Aldrich is a Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick. His research interests lie in the area of intelligence and security communities. His most recent book (co-authored with Rory Cormac),The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers explores the interaction between intelligence and the UK executive.

Richard has recently led a project entitled "Landscapes of Secrecy: The Central Intelligence Agency and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy, 1947-2001", examining the creation of the public record of the CIA in realms such as history, memoirs, novels, film and the press.

He also studies the future of cyber security, liberty and privacy, extending to IT developments including public key cryptography.

In 2010, he completed a history of GCHQ and in September 2016 he began a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to investigate the future of secrecy.

He advises a number of UK government departments on issues of records management, declassification and corporate memory. During 2015 and 2016 he assisted the German Bundestag inquiry into the NSA "Snowden" affair.

He was co-editor of the journal Intelligence and National Security for eight years and now co-edits Studies in Intelligence with Christopher Andrew.