Christopher Coker is professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was a NATO Fellow in 1981. He has served two terms on the Council of the Royal United Services Institute. He has advised several Conservative Party think tanks including the Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies and the Centre for Policy Studies and helped to draw up the Party’s defence platform in the 1996 European Parliamentary elections. He is a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Defence Studies (London); the NATO Defence College (Rome); the Centre for International Security (Geneva); and the National Institute for Defence Studies (Tokyo). He has spoken at other military institutes in Western Europe, North America, Australia and South-east Asia. He is a serving member of the Washington Strategy Seminar; the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (Cambridge, MA); the Black Sea University Foundation; the Moscow School of Politics; and the LSE Cold War Studies Centre. He is a member of the Council on the 21st Century Trust. He was a visiting fellow of Goodenough College in 2003-4 and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (United States Programme). He is also President of the Centre for Media and Communications of a Democratic Romania.