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Nigel Inkster

Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security


Responsibilities: Nigel Inkster has worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) since 2007. His current title is Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security. His research portfolio at IISS has included transnational terrorism, insurgency, transnational organised crime, cyber security, intelligence and security and the evolving character of conflict. He has written and broadcast on all these topics and has also been engaged in a variety of para-diplomatic activities on behalf of the UK government including leading a Sino-UK Track 1.5 Cyber Security Dialogue.

Background: Before joining IISS he served for thirty-one years in the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) retiring at the end of 2006 as Assistant Chief and Director of Operations and Intelligence. He graduated from St. Johns College Oxford with a BA in Oriental Studies (Chinese). He is married with two children and one grandchild and lives in London.

Joined IISS: March 2007


Nigel is a co-author of Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States: the Problems of Prohibition and of The FARC Files: Venezuela, Ecuador and the Secret Archive of Raul Reyes. He has also contributed a chapter on Chinese cyber policy to Cyberspace and National Security: Threats, Opportunities and Power in a Virtual World (edited by Derek S. Reveron.) He is one of the authors of an IISS Strategic Dossier, Evolution of the Cyber Domainpublished in 2015, has written a chapter in The Chinese Intelligence Agencies: Evolution and Empowerment in Cyberspace in China and Cyber Security (Oxford University Press 2015) and is the author of an IISS Adelphi book entitled China’s Cyber Power, published in June 2016 by Routledge.

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