Professor Beatrice Heuser is a Professor of International Relations (Politics) at the University of Glasgow. She joined the School of Social and Political Science in 2017. She is most well known for her work on the history of strategy and specialises in strategic studies, especially nuclear strategy, strategic theory and strategic culture, transatlantic relations and the foreign and defence policies of Germany, France and Great Britain.  A full list of her publications can be found below.

“War is at the centre of my research interests, with a particular focus on why people go to war and how they wage war, what means they choose (or reject) and what strategies, and how they justify them.  I am especially known for my contribution to Strategic Studies.  The “why” covers the multiple factors leading to war, including structural factors like the patterns of relations between groups of people (from terrorist bands to ethnic groups and nations and civilisations) and their representatives (governments, states, alliances, international organisations), what is traditionally called “international relations”.  I am particularly interested in cultural factors, which include particular narratives of the past and how these are drawn upon to argue for particular policies and strategies for the present and future.  My expertise lies mainly in Europe and the “West”, especially Britain, France, Germany, and the USA, but also touches on Russia.”

Student Engagement:

Professor Heuser is available to provide supervision for students with an interest in strategic studies and teaches courses on ‘Strategy Theory’ and ‘Applied Strategy’. These courses are optional courses available to students who have an exemption from the primary core course ‘International Security and Strategic Studies’.

Academic Background:

Professor Heuser has a B.A. in History from Bedford College, a M.A. in International History from the London School of Economics and a D.Phil. in Political Science from the University of Oxford. In addition, she holds a Higher Doctorate from the University of Marburg in Germany.  She has previously worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, in London, before becoming a lecturer in Strategic Studies at King’s College London. She has also taught in France at the University of Reims, and the Graduate School of Journalism in Lille, and in Germany at the University of Potsdam and Bundeswehr University of Munich. She has held numerous visiting fellowships at universities across Europe including the University of Paris (St Denis), University of Paris (Sorbonne) and Sciences Po’ Paris.  From 2003 to 2007 Professor Heuser held the position of Director of Research at the German Armed Forces Military History Research Office in Potsdam. Before coming to the University of Glasgow she was the Chair  of International Relations at the University of Reading.  

Inaugural Lecture:

You can watch Professor Heuser deliver her inaugural public lecture on the topic of ‘Brexit in Historical Context: Sovereignty vs European Union‘ at this link:



Selected Publications:

  • Brexit in History. Sovereignty or a European Union? (London: Hurst 2019).
  • (with Tormod Heier & Guillaume Lasconjarias) Military Exercises: Political Messaging and Strategic Impact, NATO Forum Paper n°26, (Rome, NATO Defence College, April 2018),
  • Strategy before Clausewitz: Linking Warfare and Statecraft (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017).
  • (with Eitan Shamir): Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies: National Styles and Strategic Cultures (Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017); 389p.
  • Small Wars and Insurgencies in Theory and Practice, 1500-1850 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).
  • The Strategy Makers: Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010).
  • The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • Carl von ClausewitzOn War abridged edition in the series Oxford Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • Reading Clausewitz (London: Pimlico, 2002).
  • (with Anja Victorine Hartmann): Thinking War, Peace and World Orders from Antiquity until the 20th century (London: Routledge, 2001)
  • The Bomb: Nuclear Weapons in their Historical, Strategic and Ethical Context in the series: Turning Points in History (London: Longman’s, 1999).
  • Nuclear Mentalities? Strategies and Belief Systems in Britain, France and the FRG (London: Macmillan, and New York: St Martin’s Press 1998).
  • NATO, Britain, France and the FRG: Nuclear Strategies and Forces for Europe, 1949-2000 (London: Macmillan, and New York: St Martin’s Press, 1997, ppb. 1998).


Date: August 22, 2019 3:41 pm