Dr Alistair Shepherd

PhD in Political Science, 2003, University of Aberdeen;

M.Litt in Stratgeic Studies, 1996, University of Aberdeen;

MA (Hons) in Geography & International Relations, 1994, University of Aberdeen;

PGCTHE 2006, University of Wales, Aberystwyth;

Dr Alistair Shepherd

Senior Lecturer in European Security

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Profile

Alistair Shepherd joined the Department of International Politics in 2003 as Lecturer in European Security and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. He obtained his PhD in Political Science at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, specialising in the EU's security and defence policy. His research interests range across security studies, European politics, and IR, currently focusing on the nexus between internal and external security threats and responses. His teaching interests include security studies, the EU, European security and NATO. He received an Award for Teaching Excellence from Aberystwyth University in 2007. Alistair has twice served as Director of Admissions and External Affairs and Deputy Director for Undergraduate Studies. He is an Associate Editor of the Sage journal International Relations, is on the editorial board of the Routledge journal European Security and is a Fellow of the High Education Academy. He has also contributed to courses for the MoD and the JeanMonnet Spring Seminars on European Security, as well contributing to Parliamentary Committee Reports and local, national and international media.

Teaching

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Alistair teaches primarily in the area of security studies, EU and European Politics, and European and Transatlantic security. His undergraduate modules include: Contemporary Security: Theories and Threats; NATO: The Making and Breaking of Alliances; Contemporary European Security, and the European Union: Politics, Policies, Problems.

At Masters level his module include: Security Policy in the European Union, and Politics of the European Union

PhD Supervision areas: security studies, European & EU politics, Internal and external security challenges in Europe; EU foreign, security and defence policy; European approaches to internal security policy (terrorism, immigration, organised crime); NATO & Transatlantic security; National foreign, security and defence policies.

Research

Alistair’s research interests are in the field of security studies, European and EU Politics, and IR. In particular: internal and external security threats; Europe’s role in international security; Transatlantic security; EU and national security policies; and conceptualising European power. Previously his research focused on the civilian and military aspects of the EU’s security and defence policy and its implications for the EU’s role as a security actor. Alistair is currently undertaking two research projects. First he critically examines the nexus between internal and external security threats and responses – the European security continuum. This project examines the extent and implications of the blurring of internal-external security. In particular, it studies the political, institutional, and ethical tensions the transboundary nature of security creates in formulating policy and identifying capabilities and its impact on the nature of the EU as an international security actor.Second, Alistair, with Claudia Hillebrand, is examining the implications of transnational organised crime (TOC) for security provision and governance at the state and supra-state levels in Europe. The project seeks to clarify conceptual understandings of TOC, the implications of framing TOC as a threat to state, societal and individual for security governance, and the consequences of these increasingly complex security structures and networks for the politics of security, specifically for accountability, legitimacy and oversight.

Research Groups

Publications

The European Security Continuum: Inside-Out or Outside-In?Shepherd, A. J. K. 2016 (Accepted/In press) Taylor & Francis. 240 p. (Routledge Studies in European Security and Strategy)
The European Security Continuum and the EU as an International Security ProviderShepherd, A. 2016 Theorising the European Union as an International Security Provider. Peen Rodt, A., Whitman, R. & Wolff, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 8-169 p.
The Internal-External Security Nexus and CSDPShepherd, A. J. K. 2016 The EU, Strategy and Security Policy: Regional and strategic challenges. Chappell, L., Mawdsley, J. & Petrov, P. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 87-103 (Routledge Studies in European Security and Strategy)
EU Military Capability Development and the European Defence Agency: Ideas, Interests and InstitutionsShepherd, A. J. K. 2015 The European Defence Agency: Arming Europe. Karampekios, N. & Oikonomou, I. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 65-83 (Routledge Studies in European Security And Strategy)
The European Security Continuum and the EU as an International Security ProviderShepherd, A. J. K. 2015 In : Global Society.29, 2, p. 156-174
Reframing EU Security Challenges: Transcending the Internal-External DivideShepherd, A. 2014 European Citizens for European Foreign Policy. Ljubljana, Slovenia: Slovenian PanEuropean Movement, p. 60-70
The Internal-External Security Nexus and CSDPShepherd, A. J. K. 2014
Security and defence policy in an independent Scotland: aspirations and implicationsShepherd, A. J. K. 2014 In : British Politics Review.9, 2, p. 8-92 p.
Reframing EU Security Challenges: Transcending the Internal-External DivideShepherd, A. 2014
Another Capabilities-Expectations Gap? Scottish Independence and European Union SecurityShepherd, A. J. K. 2013 In : International Studies Today.2, 2, p. 37
Old America, New America? Rhetoric and Reality in EU-US Security Relations from Clinton to ObamaShepherd, A. J. K. 2013
Internal & External Security and EU Security Actorness: Comprehensive or Contradictory? Shepherd, A. J. K. 2013
Transforming CSDP for Global Conflict ManagementShepherd, A. J. K. 2012 The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager. Whitman, R. G. & Wolff, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 33-50
The Lisbon Treaty and CSDP: Is the EU Closer to a European Army?Shepherd, A. J. K. 2011 Swords and Ploughshares, XIX, 1
The Nature of Future ConflictFinlan, A., Booth, K., Alexander, M., Wheeler, N. J., Shepherd, A., Scott, L. V. & Booth, K. 2010 Unknown Publisher.
Blair, Brown and Brussels: The European Turn in British Defence PolicyShepherd, A. 2010 The Development of Britain's Defence Policy: Blair, Brown & Beyond. Brown, D. (ed.). Taylor & Francis, p. 39-6224 p.
'A milestone in the history of the EU': Kosovo and the EU's international roleShepherd, A. J. K. 2009 In : International Affairs.85, 3, p. 513-53018 p.
The Security Dimensions of EU Enlargement: Wider Europe, weaker Europe?Brown, D. (ed.) & Shepherd, A. J. K. (ed.) 2007 Manchester University Press. 288 p.
The Implications of Enlargement for the ESDP & ERRFShepherd, A. J. K. 2007 The Security Dimensions of EU Enlargement: Wider Europe, weaker Europe?. Brown, D. & Shepherd, A. (eds.). Manchester University Press, p. 20-37
Intoduction: security and enlargement into the twenty-first centuryShepherd, A. J. K. 2007 The Security Dimensions of EU Enlargement: Wider Europe, Weaker Europe?. Brown, D. & Shepherd, A. (eds.). Manchester University Press, p. 1-6
Irrelevant or Indispensable? ESDP, the ‘War on Terror' and the Fallout from IraqShepherd, A. 2006 In : International Politics.43, 1, p. 71-9222 p.
Lost in Translation: Confusing objectives, discourses and capabilities: A reply to Berenskoetter & GiegerichShepherd, A. J. K. 2006 In : International Politics.43, p. 105-109
The EU’s Security and Defence Policy: A Capacity for Regional Security Leadership?Shepherd, A. 2006 Post-Cold War Challenges to International Politics. St. Petersburg: Saint Petersburg State University Press, p. 247-26115 p.
EU security and defence policy: After enlargementShepherd, A. 2004 In : Aberystwyth Journal of World Affairs.1
ESDP in the post 9/11 eraShepherd, A. 2004 In : Aberystwyth Journal of World Affairs.2
Toward a European Army: A Military Power in the Making?Shepherd, A. & Salmon, T. C. 2003 Lynne Rienner Publishers.
The European Union's Security and Defence Policy: a policy without substance?Shepherd, A. J. K. 2003 In : European Security.12, 1, p. 39-63
ESDP and Russia – The View from EuropeShepherd, A. 2002 Russia’s Foreign Policy in the New International System. Moustakis, F. & Kouveliotis, K. (eds.). Athens: Tipofos
ESDP: Recent Events, Unresolved IssuesShepherd, A. 2001 Security in the Black Sea Region: Perspectives and Priorities. Aldis, A. (ed.). Camberley: Conflict Studies Research Centre
Top‐down or bottom‐up: Is security and defence policy in the EU a question of political will or military capability?Shepherd, A. J. K. 2000 In : European Security.9, 2, p. 13-30
Evolution of Security Agencies and DepartmentsShepherd, A. J. K. 1998 A New Structure for National Security Policy Planning. Cambone, S. A. (ed.). Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, p. 145- 18945 p. (Significant Issues; vol. 20, no. 3)