Paul Cornish

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Research Group Director, Defence, Security & Infrastructure, RAND Europe
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Ph.D. in strategic history, Cambridge University; M.Sc. in international relations, London School of Economics; M.A. in history, St. Andrews University

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Professor Paul Cornish is research group director for Defence, Security & Infrastructure at RAND Europe in Cambridge. Until December 2014 he was professor of strategic studies at the University of Exeter and formerly the inaugural Carrington Professor of International Security at Chatham House.

Cornish was educated at the University of St. Andrews and the London School of Economics. He then served in the British Army (Royal Tank Regiment) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before completing his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He has taught international security and strategy at the UK Defence Academy, the University of Cambridge and the University of Bath.

His work covers national strategy, cyber security, the ethics of armed conflict, civil-military relations and other aspects of contemporary international security. While at Chatham House he developed and led the institute's highly successful cyber security policy research programme. He is a member of the UK Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Advisory Panel, a Fellow of Oxford University's Global Cyber Security Capacity-Building Centre and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Cornish has travelled widely, including field work in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, has contributed to a number of Parliamentary inquiries and is a frequent commentator in national and international media.

Previous Positions

Professor of strategic studies, University of Exeter; Carrington Professor of International Security, Chatham House

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: ABC News Australia; Christian Today, Australia

Commentary: Carnegie Europe's Strategic Europe blog


  • Man using a laptop and drinking tea

    How Willing Are People to Allow Access to Their Internet Browsing History If It Helps National Security?

    A survey of over 26,000 citizens across the EU member states found that even in the event of a national emergency or limiting access of individuals' Internet usage to law enforcement agencies, there was still a strong aversion to information being stored or accessed.

    Feb 15, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron with newly elected Conservative Party MPs in London, May 11, 2015

    A Conservative Ambition for the Defence of the United Kingdom

    Prime Minister David Cameron and his new Cabinet are spending their first days in office articulating a policy and legislative agenda, to be delivered in the form of the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on 27 May. National strategy and defence are certain to feature on that agenda.

    May 14, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron prepares to speak as he returns to Number 10 Downing Street on March 30, 2015

    Letter from London

    There is evidence of decisiveness and clarity in the UK's foreign policy outlook. Yet there is also ambivalence, partly explained by preelection domestic politics, some aspects of which challenge the very notion of the UK as a unitary foreign policy actor.

    Apr 21, 2015 Carnegie Europe's Strategic Europe blog