SCGA Team: Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

Chair, Global Security, University of Glasgow

Peter is Chair in Global Security at the University of Glasgow and Executive Director of the Scottish Council on Global Affairs.

Peter was editor of Intelligence and National Security (the world’s leading journal in the field of intelligence studies) for twelve years.

He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Yale, Aberystwyth and Strathclyde and been visiting professor at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the Institut d’études politiques, Paris. Peter’s areas of specialisation include the international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the use of history in the formulation of foreign and defence policy and the role of intelligence in policymaking from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

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The Scottish Council constitutes the ever first pan-Scotland international affairs institute. It will provide a hub for collaborative policy-relevant research and a forum for evidence-based debate on all areas of global affairs, from human rights, foreign policy and security to trade, governance, public health and the environment.

INFORMED debate on world affairs has never been more important. The past decade has witnessed a gathering crisis over climate change, increasing migration, the rise of populism and seemingly unending cycles of conflict and humanitarian crises around the world.

Both sides have suffered tens of thousands of military and civilian dead and the fighting has caused wholesale destruction in many of Ukraine’s largest cities.

At this point two things are clear. First, Russia cannot obtain its initial objective of regime change. Second, prospects for destroying Russian armed forces in Ukraine or evicting them entirely from Ukrainian territory remain remote for the foreseeable future. The war must eventually end in a negotiated settlement.

AS the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second month it is worth reflecting on its origins and speculating on Russia’s fundamental aims.

Information on the conflict has been disseminated in unprecedented volume and intensity by outlets ranging from the Ukrainian Government and British Ministry of Defence to the world’s media and social media channels.

“America is back!” proclaimed newly elected US President Joe Biden when he succeed Donald Trump in January.

Biden returned to this theme repeatedly over the first six months of his presidency as he sought to convince America’s allies that the US was once again ready to provide global leadership.


Jackson, P. (2022) Christopher Andrew and the study of intelligence. Intelligence and National Security, (doi: 10.1080/02684527.2021.2005810) (Early Online Publication)

Jackson, P. (2019) Great Britain in French policy conceptions at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 30(2), pp. 358-397. (doi: 10.1080/09592296.2019.1619039)

Jackson, P. (2019) La conception Transatlantique de sécurité du gouvernement Clemenceau à la Conférence de Paix de Paris, 1919. Histoire, economie et societe, 38(4), pp. 65-87. (doi: 10.3917/hes.194.0065)

Dylan, H., Goodman, M. S., Jackson, P. , Jansen, P. T., Maiolo, J. and Pedersen, T. (2017) The way of the Norse Ravens: merging profession and academe in Norwegian national intelligence higher education. Intelligence and National Security, 32(7), pp. 944-960. (doi: 10.1080/02684527.2017.1328833)

Scott, L. and Jackson, P. (2017) Dr Chikara Hashimoto 24 October 1975 – 22 September 2016. Intelligence and National Security, 32(1), pp. 126-127. (doi: 10.1080/02684527.2016.1258468)

Jackson, P. (2015) A Tran-Atlantic Condominium of Democratic power: the grand design for a post-war order in french policy at the Paris Peace Conference. Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, 16(2), pp. 179-207.

Jackson, P. (2011) French security and a British continental commitment after the First World War: a reassessment. English Historical Review, 126(519), pp. 345-385. (doi: 10.1093/ehr/cer074)

Jackson, P. (2011) Politics, culture and the security of France: a reinterpretation of French foreign and security policy after the First World War. French Historical Studies, 34(4), pp. 577-610. (doi: 10.1215/00161071-1422856)

Jackson, P. (2010) Tradition and adaptation: the French foreign ministry in the era of the First World War. French History, 24(2), pp. 164-196. (doi: 10.1093/fh/crq031)

Jackson, P. (2008) Pierre Bourdieu, the “Cultural Turn” and the practice of international history. Review of International Studies, 34(1), pp. 155-181. (doi: 10.1017/S026021050800795X)


Jackson, P. (2017) La France et la menace nazie : Renseignement et politique 1933-1939. Nouveau Monde éditions. ISBN 9782369425953

Jackson, P. (2013) Beyond the Balance of Power: France and the politics of national security in the era of the First World War. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107039940

Jackson, P. (2000) France and the Nazi Menace: Intelligence and Policy Making, 1933-1939. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198208341

Book Sections

Jackson, P. and Mulligan, W. (2022) The crisis of power politics. In: Jackson, P., Mulligan, W. and Sluga, G. (eds.) Peacemaking and International Order after World War I. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. (In Press)

Jackson, P. Mulligan, W. and Sluga, G. (2022) Introduction. In: Jackson, P., Mulligan, W. and Sluga, G. (eds.) Peacemaking and International Order after World War I. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. (In Press)

Jackson, P. and Mulligan, W. (2021) The Great War and the political conditions of internationalism. In: Ingram, N. and Bouchard, C. (eds.) Beyond the Great War: Peacemaking in a Disordered World. University of Toronto Press: Toronto. (In Press)

Jackson, P. (2020) Political culture and intelligence culture: France before the First World War. In: Ball, S., Gassert, P., Gestrich, A. and Neitzel, S. (eds.) Cultures of Intelligence in the Era of the World Wars. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 37-64.

Imlay, T. and Jackson, P. (2020) Dépasser la la dialectique de l’individu et de la structure: propositions des historians français et britanniques après 1945. In: Badel, L. (ed.) Histoire et Relations Internationales. Éditions de la Sorbonne: Paris, pp. 273-285. ISBN 9791035105587

Jackson, P. (2020) Great Britain in French policy at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. In: McKercher, B.J.C. and Goldstein, E. (eds.) Aspects of British Policy and the Treaty of Versailles. Routledge: London, pp. 163-204. ISBN 9780367856403

Jackson, P. (2018) Foreward. In: Williams, M. and Wilkin, B. (eds.) French Soldiers’ Morale in the Phoney War, 1939-1940. Series: Routledge studies in the modern history of France. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, viii-x. ISBN 9781138232747

Jackson, P. (2018) Political culture and intelligence culture: France before the Great War. In: Cultures of Intelligence. German Historical Institute. (Accepted for Publication)

Jackson, P. (2015) The outbreak of war in Europe: a failure of diplomacy? In: Bosworth, R.J.B. and Maiolo, J. (eds.) The Cambridge History of the Second World War: Politics and Ideology. Series: The Cambridge history of the second world war:, I2 (2). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 217-252. ISBN 9781107034075 (doi: 10.1017/CHO9781139524377)

Jackson, P. (2012) Deterrence, coercion, and enmeshment: French grand strategy and the German problem after World War. In: Taliaferro, J.W., Ripsman, N.M. and Lobell, S.E. (eds.) The Challenge of Grand Strategy: The Great Powers and the Broken Balance between the World Wars. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 37-62. ISBN 9781107022522

Jackson, P. (2010) British power and French security, 1919-1939. In: Neilson, K., Kennedy, G. and French, D. (eds.) The British Way in Warfare: Power and the International System, 1856-1956: Essays in Honour of David French. Ashgate: Farnham, UK, pp. 101-134. ISBN 9780754665939

Jackson, P. (2010) Le maréchal foch et la politique de sécurité française, 1919-1924: une première forme de dissuasion. In: Porte, R. and Cochet, F. (eds.) Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929: Apprenez à Penser: Actes Du Colloque International, École Militaire, Paris, 6-7 Novembre 2008. Soteca: Paris, France, pp. 333-347. ISBN 9782916385433

Jackson, P. (2010) On uncertainty and the limits of intelligence. In: Johnson, L.K. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook on Intelligence. Series: Oxford handbooks: Oxford handbooks of political science. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199704699

Jackson, P. (2009) The assessment that never was: British joint intelligence and the threat from Iraq, 2002. In: Laurent, S. (ed.) Politiques Du Renseignement. Series: Espace public: histoire. Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux: Pessac, France, pp. 309-328. ISBN 9782867815485

Jackson, P. (2009) Pierre Bourdieu. In: Edkins, J. and Vaughan-Williams, N. (eds.) Critical Theorists and International Relations. Series: Interventions. Routledge: New York, NY, USA, pp. 89-101. ISBN 9780415474658

Jackson, P. (2008) L’absence de réception des idées militaires du Charles de Gaulle en Grande Bretagne. In: Cochet, F. (ed.) De Gaulle Et Les “Jeunes Turcs” Dans Les Armées Occidentales (1930-1945). Series: Actes académiques. Riveneuve: Paris, France, pp. 97-109. ISBN 9782914214506

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This is very interesting and generally persuasive.

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This not-so-short thread in a nutshell: France actually walks the walk, but does not talk the talk - this causes a problematic lack of understanding.
And on a sidenote, I'm working on a piece on the French credibility problem...stay tuned! 🤓

This not-so-short thread in a nutshell: France actually walks the walk, but does not talk the talk - this causes a problematic lack of understanding.
And on a sidenote, I'm working on a piece on the French credibility problem...stay tuned! 🤓

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Delighted to welcome Jack Hillmeyer, US Consul General in Scotland @USAinScotland @jhillmeyer back to the University of Glasgow yesterday. Many thanks to the GU British and American Society 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 and their President Temisan Atsegoh for organising such a great event! @UofGlasgow