Position: Associate Fellow
As Head of the European Security Programme, Alastair Cameron was responsible for leading research projects, private discussion meetings and public conferences on all aspects of European Security and Defence. His main research interests relate to the development of European military capabilities, the EU's European Security and Defence Policy, NATO transformation and NATO-EU relations, as well as international defence partnerships and military operations.
Monitoring the national foreign and security policies of European countries; their bilateral relationships with the United Kingdom; and European relations with neighbouring regions such as the CIS states, the Caucasus/Black Sea regions, the Maghreb and the Mediterranean - Alastair's work regularly involves working closely with the international diplomatic community, as well as engaging with foreign and defence ministries on specific policy and research areas.
Prior to joining RUSI in 2007, Alastair worked as a Defence Consultant and between 2004 and 2006, spent two years working as Armed Forces Editor for Jane's, where he was responsible for the editorial overview of all Jane's country-based military assessments. Whilst living in France, he worked as a Project Leader within the EU/NATO office of the 'Directorate for Strategic Affairs' of the French Ministry of Defence co-ordinating European and NATO military exercises. In 2001, he also gained work experience as a Research Assistant at the Assembly of the Western European Union in Paris.
Alastair has a Masters in International Relations, Conflict & Security from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, as well as a BA in European Studies from the University of London. He has dual French and British nationality.
Editor and author of several Occasional Papers for RUSI or studies on European security and defence, while working at Jane's, Alastair was the editor of the Jane's Sentinel - defence files, Jane's Defence Budgets, as well as Jane's World Armies, Jane's World Air Forces and Jane's World Navies.
European Defence: Breaking New Ground, Edition l'Harmattan, October 2009
Combating International Terrorism: Turkey's Added Value, RUSI Occasional Paper, October 2009
British-German Dialogue on Defence and Security Policies: Taking a Comprehensive Approach, March 2009 (PDF download)
France's NATO Reintegration: Fresh Views with the Sarkozy Presidency?, RUSI Occasional Paper, February 2009
NATO in South Eastern Europe: Reconstruction and Security in the Balkans, RUSI Occasional Paper, March 2008
Launching EU Battlegroups, RUSI Occasional Paper, December 2007
Defence Research and Development in the Atlantic Nations, RUSI Occasional Paper, 2007
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
Restructuring Europe's Armed Forces in Times of Austerity
3 Dec 2010
The RUSI European Security Programme has worked in conjunction with three of Europe's leading think tanks to publish a report concerning defence spending and the restructuring of European armed forces in times of austerity. The report is a comparison of UK, German, French and Polish responses to the economic crisis and its effects on European defence budgets.
The new Franco-British Entente: a practical defence relationship in an age of austerity
23 Jun 2010
In June, France and Britain commemorated the seventieth anniversary of the British Dunkirk evacuation and French General De Gaulle's 18 June call to arms across BBC airwaves in 1940. The leaders of both countries have indicated that this relationship could move beyond historical bonds of friendship to a more strategic and practical defence partnership.
Franco-British Defence Cooperation
10 Mar 2010
On 9 March 2010, the Royal United Services Institute and the Franco-British Council organised a roundtable on future Franco-British defence co-operation.
Franco-Czech EU Presidencies: A Smooth Transition?
19 Dec 2008
With the end of the French EU Presidency fast approaching, the European Union is getting itself ready to pass on the chairmanship of the Council of the European Union to the Czech Republic for another six-month rotation. Yet several tell-tale signs point towards the fact that the French are in no hurry to relinquish their grip on initiating EU policy or even ready to give up their spot in the euro-limelight.
Georgia, Russia and the EU
26 Sep 2008
The conflict that flared-up in the Caucasus between Georgia and Russia heralds uneasy times ahead for Russia and the West.
The Upcoming French Presidency of the European Union
15 May 2008
The French Presidency of the EU has been a key item on the strategic calendar of European capitals over the last year. An underlying feeling of both anticipation and reserve can be felt across Europe.