Dr Tobias Feakin
Position: Senior Research Fellow
Tobias was a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the National Security and Resilience department at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Within this role he was responsible for the growth of a research team examining issues pertaining to radicalisation, terrorism, counter-terrorist policy and technologies, resilience, critical national infrastructure, and the security impacts of climate change.
He completed his Ph.D in International Security and Politics from the University of Bradford in 2005 with a thesis entitled “Non-Lethal Weapons: Technology for Lowering Casualties”. Since that time he has worked as a Research Fellow for the Landau Network, Centro-Volta in Italy, and the Home Office arriving at RUSI in 2006.
He has lectured at the University of Cambridge, University of Bradford, Joint Services Command and Staff College, the NATO Defence College in Rome, as well as speaking internationally at numerous conferences and roundtable discussions. Regularly being used by the media he has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, NBC, Al-Jazeera, Sky News, as well as being quoted in many newspapers around the globe.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
September 2011 - 10 Years of a 'Morphing Threat'
11 Sep 2011
Since the 9/11 attacks, the group responsible has lost its main leader, decentralised itself but has kept its message alive. Western governments should continue to pursue the omnipresent threat, but it should deal lightly with the message itself - which is adequately being challenged organically by the Arab Spring.
The police are still the only option to deal with rioting Britain
10 Aug 2011
Even though senior police officers foresaw the onset of disturbances and rioting, they were completely unprepared for the scale of violence witnessed on the streets of Britain in summer 2011. Seeing police failure, some have called for the Army to be drafted in. This is unrealistic, the police needs to stay in charge.
Chapter Two: Al-Qa'ida's New Beginning?
29 Jun 2011
The 'information-space' is always vital for Al-Qa'ida's operational effectiveness. Its ability to make swift statements in the media and through the internet demonstrates the terror-network's potency and ability to reach a mass audience. Yet, since Bin Laden's death, we have seen the US dominate the media with stories about both the man and the organisation, demystifying both.
Concluding Chapter One - The Death of Bin Laden
3 May 2011
There is no doubting that the death of bin Bin Laden is the closure of the first chapter of the story of and battle against Al-Qa'ida. But his supporters will ultimately regroup and react to his cult of martydom and open the next chapter of the story.
Opening Pandora’s Box
28 Mar 2011
As North America publicy confronts the issue of radicalization, those involved would do well to observe the lessons of the UK's experience - but have thus far shown little inclination to do so.
The Resurgent Terrorist Threat
30 Sep 2010
On 27 September 2010, the international media reported of a planned co-ordinated attack in France, Germany and the UK. Dr Tobias Feakin, RUSI Director of National Security and Resilience gives his assessment
7 July bombings five years on: The Psychological Impacts of 7/7
7 Jul 2010
It is important that the public do not allow the events of 7/7, or any terrorist activity, to fundamentally re-shape the way they go about their everyday lives, but it is important that we acknowledge that the events of 7/7 can still be causing psychological distress to those who were most significantly affected by it as well as the general public.
National Security in an Age of ‘Shock and Aftershock’
13 Aug 2009
The globalising processes of enhanced communication and technological flows have created an interconnected world. Governments must now quickly respond to unexpected events around the world: both their shock and aftershock.
Policing the G20 Summit Under the World’s Gaze
1 Apr 2009
The G20 Summit will entail the biggest security operation London has ever seen. The manner in which agencies deal with the influx of heads of states and legions of protestors will be instructive for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Bringing Intelligence into the Light
9 Jan 2009
In the first public interview ever given by a serving Director General of MI5, Jonathan Evans claims that the high number of prosecutions of suspected terrorists has ‘chilled’ the enthusiasm of terror networks. Although the UK is making headway against the terrorist networks within its own borders, the long-term fight against terrorism will be won by upholding liberal democratic values rather than adopting the Guantanamo approach.
Learning Lessons from the De Menezes Shooting
22 Sep 2008
As the inquest into the shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes in 2005 opens today, the task at hand should not only be to apportion blame but also to consider the technologies and the procedural changes required to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring again.
Climate Change – The Gathering Momentum of the Security Debate
6 Jul 2007
There has been a veritable ‘tidal wave’ of political capital expended on the topic of climate change. Within this new focus of political and media attentions, the topic of climate change as a security issue has become an increasingly debated area by academics and politicians alike.