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Andrew Futter

Professor in International Politics at the University of Leicester


Twitter: @andrewfutter

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Professor Andrew Futter is Professor in International Politics at the University of Leicester, UK. Professor Futter has authored several books, including: Ballistic missile defence and US national security policy (2013/5); The politics of nuclear weapons (2015 and 2020); Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs (2015); The United Kingdom and the future of nuclear weapons (2016); Hacking the bomb (2018); and Threats to Euro-Atlantic security (2020), and regularly publishes in academic journals and contributes to conference papers. He recently completed a three-year UK Economic and Social Research Council-funded Future Research Leader’s award into cyber threats and nuclear weapons, and is currently working on a five-year European Research Council Consolidator Grant exploring the technological drivers of the Third Nuclear Age (

Andrew was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington DC, a Visiting Scholar at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, and a former fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo. Professor Futter is an alumni member of the Younger Generation Leadership Network.

Content by Andrew Futter


Five nuclear reflections on the Ukraine War

The Russia-Ukraine war has brought an abrupt end to a certain nuclear complacency that has characterised European politics since the Cold War, writes Andrew Futter. The immediate challenge facing governments across the Euro-Atlantic space appears to be maintaining a credible nuclear and conventional deterrence capability and pursuing risk reduction and confidence-building measures.

19 June 2023 | Andrew Futter

UK nuclear weapons in a Third Nuclear Age

Rapid technological change and a return to nuclear great-power competition suggest that the contours and central dynamics of our nuclear world are in flux. Andrew Futter writes that this shift requires a frank debate about the role of UK nuclear weapons and where they fit in the future of UK security policy.

18 February 2022 | Andrew Futter