Steve can be contacted at email@example.com
Steve studied in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham and was awarded his PhD in US Foreign Policy and Intelligence in 2009. He taught at Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham before joining the Department of History and American Studies at CCCU in September 2012.
Research and knowledge exchange
Steve’s research focuses on US foreign policy in the early Cold War, and in particular American efforts to wage an offensive anti-communist campaign under Truman and Eisenhower, in order to move beyond established ‘containment’ narratives. He is currently writing his second book about a failed secret operation by the CIA and MI6 to undermine and overthrow the Communist regime in Albania in the early Cold War.
Steve has published several articles and published his first book, The CIA and the Soviet Bloc: Political Warfare, the Origins of the CIA and Countering Communism in Europe, with I B Tauris in February 2014. This book examines the role of US political warfare- a catch-all term used by the US Government to refer to all measures short of overt military conflict- to undermine Soviet/communist power in the early phases of the Cold War. This research looks at various aspects of the political warfare programme- for example the origins and development of the Central Intelligence Group and Central Intelligence Agency within the US national security state, the impact of bureaucracy/personalities on foreign policy, and tensions between foreign policy on the policy-making and operational level.
Teaching and subject expertise
Steve is currently teaching the following courses:
- Rise of the American Colossus: US Foreign Policy, 1898 to the Present (American Studies, Year 1)
- Uneasy Neighbours: US Foreign Policy in Latin America (American Studies, Year 2)
- Instrument of Power: The CIA and US Foreign Policy, 1947 to the Present (American Studies, Year 3)
- Shadow Wars: A Historical Study of CIA Covert Action Operations (American Studies, Year 3)
Steve is happy to supervise second year extended essays and final year dissertations on virtually any aspect of US foreign relations from 1900 to the present. He is also happy to supervise postgraduate research students on topics related to US intelligence services and US foreign policy in the Cold War era.
Conference papers, talks & media appearances:
• Interview with Dan Damon, “The CIA’s Secret Failure in Albania”, World Update, BBC World Service (18 Aug. 2016): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04521pg (from 12:22)
• “The Albania Operation”, Document, BBC Radio 4 (Jul. 2016): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j4ppw
• “Target Albania: The CIA, MI6 and Covert Action against Communism behind the Iron Curtain in the Early Cold War”, History Society at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys (Mar. 2016)
• "Failing the ‘Clinical Test’: The CIA’s Prototype Cold War Covert Operation against Communist Albania, 1949-54”, Presidential History Network Symposium, UCL Institute of the Americas (Mar. 2015)
• "CIA Covert Operations in Europe in the Early Cold War", History Society at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys (Dec. 2014)
• Book launch for The CIA and the Soviet Bloc with Professor Geoffrey Warner and Professor Kevin Ruane, Waterstones Canterbury (Nov. 2014)
• “The Albanian Test Case: The CIA, Operation BGFIEND and US Geostrategic Impotence inside the Soviet Bloc in the Early Cold War”, 2014 BrANCH/HOTCUS Annual Conference, University of Reading (Sep. 2014)
• “Political Warfare and the Limits of American Power in the Early Cold War”, 2013 HOTCUS Annual Conference, Northumbria University (Jul. 2013)
• Masterclass with Professor Robert McMahon, Working to the Margins: The US and the Periphery, 1945-Present, University of Nottingham (Sep. 2010)
• “1948 as the Foreign Policy Crossroads: The Inauguration of U.S. Political Warfare and the Strategic Dilemma of Western and Eastern Europe”, 1948: American Realignments Conference, University of Sussex (Sep. 2008)
• “Systemic Disorder: The Strategic and Institutional Ramifications for US Political Warfare against the Soviet Bloc, 1947-1950”, University of Birmingham (Apr. 2008)
• “Disorder over Design: The Strategic and Institutional Ramifications for US Covert Political Warfare against the Soviet Bloc, 1946-1950”, British Association of American Studies Conference, University of Edinburgh (Mar. 2008)
• “The Search for a Unified European Strategy in the Early Cold War: The Truman Administration and the Failings of the Grand Strategy Thesis 1947-1949”, Engaging the New American Studies Conference, University of Birmingham (May 2006)
• “The Convergence of Ideology and Geopolitics in U.S. Foreign Policy”, British Association of American Studies Conference, University of Birmingham (Nov. 2004)
Publications and research outputs
- The CIA and the Soviet Bloc: Political Warfare, the Origins of the CIA and Countering Communism in Europe (I B Tauris, February 2014)|
- 'Strategic Disorder, the Office of Policy Coordination and the Inauguration of US Political Warfare against the Soviet Bloc, 1948-50', Intelligence and National Security, Vol 27, No 4, (2012)
- 'The Origins of the CIA and the Non-Strategic Development of US Political Warfare, 1946-7', 49th Parallel, Vol. 24 (2010)
- 'The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the Shortcomings of US Strategy towards Eastern Europe, 49th Parallel (2005)