Richard G. Whitman is an expert on the UK’s foreign and security and defence policies of the UK and the EU. He is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. He is the author and editor of eleven books and published over sixty academic articles and book chapters on European integration and UK foreign and security policy. Professor Whitman is currently leading on a project Securing Global Britain: Building and Sustaining Plurilateral Practices of Security Cooperation in Europe, funded by the Economic and Research Council’s UK in a Changing Europe initiative.
Professor Whitman has regularly been called to give evidence to the UK Parliament on UK and EU foreign and security issues. He is a regular international media commentator. Recent coverage has included BBC radio and television, Sky, ITV, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and he has been quoted by print publications including The Economist, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Reuters, the International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal.
He was an Associate Fellow and former Head of the Europe Programme at Chatham House. He held the British Academy and Leverhulme Michael Dockrill Senior Research Fellowship in British Foreign Policy in 2022. Elected as a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 2007, he is a former Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and was lead editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) between 2017 and 2022.