R Gerald Hughes

Dr, BA(Hons) University of Stirling PGDip University of Wales MSc(Econ) University of Wales PhD University of Wales

  • Aberystwyth University
    International Politics Building

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


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R. Gerald Hughes is interested in a number of areas of scholarly enquiry. These are mainly concerned with modern and contemporary history. They include modern international and diplomatic history; European history; Cold War history; Military history; Intelligence history; Strategic Studies; the history of 'Appeasement'; Anglo-German relations; Anglo-Irish relations and British counterinsurgency since 1899. R. Gerald Hughes has published widely in the fields of twentieth century international history and the Cold War in Europe. He is currently working on the history of Britain and 'Appeasement' and undertaking research into political and military aspects of the Anglo-Irish War of 1919-1921.


R. Gerald Hughes is Reader in Military history, also specialising in diplomatic history and the history of intelligence. He holds undergraduate and Masters degrees from the Universities of Stirling, Bangor and Aberystwyth. He was awarded a Ph.D by the University of Wales in 2000 on the subject of British policy towards West German Ostpolitik in the years 1955-1967. Hughes is the reviews editor of Intelligence & National Security, the world's leading journal on the role of intelligence in international affairs, and the editor of the Study Group on Intelligence newsletter. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


PhD Supervision
International and Diplomatic History
Cold War History
Anglo-German Relations
Intelligence History
Military History and Strategic Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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