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Ian Shields

Ian Shields

Associate Lecturer in International Relations, Anglia Ruskin University

In the RAF Ian was a navigator, initially on the Vulcan bomber but later on the Hercules transport aircraft. He commanded a front-line squadron and saw service in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan among other places. He entered an academic stream towards the end of his career, gaining two master’s degrees, and ended his career in an MoD think-tank looking forward 40 years to gauge security threats broadly, and the roles of air and space power in particular.

Since leaving the RAF he has lectured at a number of UK Universities in the fields of International Relations and Security, and presently is the coordinator for the MA in International Relations at Anglia Ruskin University, where he also lectures in Criminology and Working in the Public Services. He maintains his MoD links, and has written for both MoD and wider, defence publications.

Ian’s prime research area is the relationship between the Government and the Media over the use of military force, but he is also researching the International Order and challenges it is facing, as well as broader issues within the International Relations and Security fields.

Having helped establish the MA in International Relations at ARU, Ian continues to deliver modules on Conflict and Communication and on War, Peacekeeping and Military Intervention, as well as continuing to help develop the degree. He also delivers modules on Leadership and on Terror as a Crime.

Global Geopolitics Series

Trump NATO strategy awaited with increasingly frayed nerves in eastern Europe

Jan 18, 2017 16:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views

While America celebrates the inauguration of its 45th president, there is widespread concern about his potential approach towards NATO, his relations with Russia and whether Russian president Vladimir Putin will try to...

Global Geopolitics Series

Special forces should be at the heart of Britain's military planning

Oct 21, 2016 09:52 am UTC| Insights & Views

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Global Geopolitics Series

Cool heads needed as investigation into downing of MH17 points blame at Russia

Sep 29, 2016 14:42 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The findings from the Dutch-led investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airways flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 offer a compelling case that the missile used was fired from territory controlled by pro-Russian...

Briferendum Aftermath Series

Brexit is not the beginning of a global security crisis

Jul 03, 2016 02:48 am UTC| Insights & Views

Now its people have decided to back out of the EU, Britains future place in the world order is more unclear than it has been for decades but that still doesnt mean that the world is less safe because of the British...

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Economy

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Politics

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Science

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Technology

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