Jonathan Gilmore

Position: Senior Lecturer
School: Economics, Politics and History
Location: NA


My current research examines the deployment of cosmopolitan commitments and ethos in foreign and security policy. I am particularly interested in the ways in which military structures, techniques, training and doctrine may be evolving towards a cosmopolitan-minded approach and the impact this might have on the practices of international relations. My recent research has also examined the movement towards a counterinsurgency approach by the US Army, and what this entails for proponents of human security and for the future evolution of peace operations.

I am currently writing a book based on this research, entitled 'The Cosmopolitan Military: Armed conflict and the protection of human security in the 21st Century', to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

In a broader sense I am interested in normative international relations theory, the analysis of, and the production of knowledge about violent intra-state conflicts and the evolution of peace operations and human security discourse.

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Educational and professional qualifications

2009-2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (with distinction) , Kingston University
2003-2008 PhD , University of Manchester
2002-2003 MA International Relations , University of Manchester
1999-2002 BA (Hons.) Political Studies , University of Leeds

Professional experience (post-1990)

2008-Present Lecturer in Politics, Human Rights and International Studies, Kingston University
2005-2008 Senior Teaching Assistant, University of Manchester
2003-2005 Teaching Assistant, University of Manchester


PO4003 Introduction to International Relations
PO5002 International Relations Theory and Development
PO6009 Human Rights and Political Violence

Research areas

: Constructivist and English School International Relations Theory
: Cosmopolitan Ethics in Foreign Policy
: Critical Security Studies
: Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect
: Peace Operations
: Human Security
: Counterinsurgency in the War on Terror
: Military Culture and Training
: The Armed Forces and Society

International connections

British International Studies Association (BISA)
Chatham House

Research outputs

Number of items: 17.


Gilmore, Jonathan (2015) Still a 'force for good'? Good international citizenship in British foreign and security policy. British Journal Of Politics & International Relations, 17(1), pp. 106-129. ISSN (print) 1369-1481

Gilmore, Jonathan (2014) Protecting the Other: considering the process and practice of cosmopolitanism. European Journal of International Relations, ISSN (print) 1354-0661 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2014) Still a 'force for good'? Good international citizenship in British foreign and security policy. The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations, ISSN (print) 1369-1481 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2014) The uncertain merger of values and interests in UK foreign policy. International Affairs, 90(3), pp. 541-557. ISSN (print) 0020-5850

Gilmore, Jonathan (2011) A kinder gentler counterterrorism: counterinsurgency, human security and the war on terror. Security Dialogue, 42(1), pp. 21-37. ISSN (print) 0967-0106

Conference or Workshop Item

Gilmore, Jonathan (2013) "Cosmopolitan-minded" militaries: beyond the national military but before UNEPS? In: Workshop on 'Peacekeeping and Rapid Reaction'; 8th July 2013, Bradford, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2013) Managing the ‘Cosmopolitan Genie’: the merger of values and interests in UK foreign policy. In: Workshop on 'Interpreting Foreign Policy' , 41st ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops; 11-16 Mar 2013, Mainz, Germany. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2013) The Uncertain Merger of Values and Interests in UK Foreign Policy. In: ‘British Foreign Policy and the National Interest’ Conference; 12 July 2013, Chatham House, London. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2012) A different kind of power: good international citizenship and future UK foreign and security policy. In: UK Security in a Multipolar World; 10 July 2012, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2011) Mapping the human terrain: narrative, knowledge and power in counterinsurgency. In: Global Insecurities: Insurgency, Development and World Order 10 Years On; 5 - 6 Sep 2011, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2011) 'Practicing what you preach': sincerity, human security and the case for a practical cosmopolitanism. In: ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops; 12 - 17 Apr 2011, St. Gallen, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Dexter, Helen and Gilmore, Jonathan (2010) "Be polite, be professional, be prepared to kill": conceptualising counterinsurgency. In: ISA Annual Convention; 17-20 Feb 2010, New Orleans, USA. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2010) Cultural knowledge, human terrain and narratives about armed conflict. In: Conflict, Intervention and the Politics of Knowledge; 25 - 26 Nov 2010, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2009) “A Kinder Gentler Machine Gun Hand?” Counterinsurgency, human security and the war on terror. In: BISA 2009 Annual Conference; 14 -16 Dec 2009, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2009) "A kinder gentler machine-gun hand?" Counterinsurgency, state-building and the legacy of the war on terror. In: The Future of Statebuilding: Ethics, Power and Responsibility in International Relations; 9-11 Oct 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore, Jonathan (2008) Destroying in order to save: the enduring warfighting tradition and its impact on US post-conflict management operations. In: 49th Annual ISA Convention ; 26 - 29 Mar 2008, San Francisco, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Gilmore , Jonathan and Dexter, Helen (2006) Be careful what you wish for: cosmopolitanism and the renaissance in warfighting. In: ECPR Joint Session of Workshops ; 25 - 30 April 2006, Nicosia, Cyprus . (Unpublished)

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