Colin Fleming

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Colin Fleming is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and is currently working on a project examining perceptions of victory and defeat in asymmetric warfare. Colin completed his PhD in International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2009, and held a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence 2009-2010. His Doctoral research examined the validity and adaptability of Clausewitzian Strategic theory in the twenty-first century, particularly the role of the ‘Wondrous Trinity’ of hostility, chance, and policy within the Clausewitzian framework. Colin’s research interests are in strategic and security studies, with a particular interest in the changing character of war debate, classical strategic thought, perceptions of victory and defeat, and asymmetric war.


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Colin Fleming on the NATO membership prospects of an independent Scotland. This blog was originally published on the Scottish Global Forum. Scotland’s defence debate has revolved around two key but interrelated policy positions.  Firstly, the Scottish Government’s intention to maintain Scotland’s pl... Read more
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Colin Fleming investigates issues relating to the ongoing defence debate. There are several important  issues relating to the ongoing defence debate; not least questions about force structure, defence cooperation, and the proposed phased transition of forces from the UK to a future Scottish Defence... Read more
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The White Paper sets out a comprehensive and realistic defence blueprint in the event of Independence. While some of the Scottish Government (SG) defence aspirations will be shaped through negotiation, on NATO membership its proposed defence structure, and its commitments to serving personnel, the S... Read more
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by Colin Fleming, Research Fellow, Project Leader on Defence and Security, Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change The White Paper sets out a comprehensive defence blueprint in the event of Independence. While some of the Scottish Government (SG) defence aspirations will be shaped through negotiati... Read more
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Writing in the Herald, Dr Colin Fleming explores the defence capacity of an independent Scotland in light of the report issued by Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond which suggests security risks for Scotland.  On Tuesday morning the Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, launche... Read more
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Latest blogs

  • 19th February 2019

    Over the course of the UK’s preparations for withdrawing from the EU, the issue of the UK’s own internal market has emerged as an issue of concern, and one that has the potentially significant consequences for devolution. Dr Jo Hunt of Cardiff University examines the implications.

  • 12th February 2019

    CCC Fellow Professor Daniel Wincott of Cardiff University examines how Brexit processes have already reshaped territorial politics in the UK and changed its territorial constitution.

  • 7th February 2019

    The future of agriculture policy across the United Kingdom after Brexit is uncertain and risky, according to a new paper by Professor Michael Keating of the Centre on Constitutional Change. Reforms of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy over recent years have shifted the emphasis from farming to the broader concept of rural policy. As member states have gained more discretion in applying policy, the nations of the UK have also diverged, according to local conditions and preferences.

  • 4th February 2019

    In our latest report for the "Repatriation of Competences: Implications for Devolution" project, Professor Nicola McEwen and Dr Alexandra Remond examine how, in the longer term, Brexit poses significant risks for the climate and energy ambitions of the devolved nations. These include the loss of European Structural and Investment Funds targeted at climate and low carbon energy policies, from which the devolved territories have benefited disproportionately. European Investment Bank loan funding, which has financed high risk renewables projects, especially in Scotland, may also no longer be as accessible, while future access to research and innovation funding remains uncertain. The removal of the EU policy framework, which has incentivised the low carbon ambitions of the devolved nations may also result in lost opportunities.

  • 1st February 2019

    The outcome of the various Commons votes this week left certain only that the Government would either secure an amended deal and put it to a meaningful vote on Wednesday 13 February, or in the overwhelmingly likely absence of this make a further statement that day and table another amendable motion for the following day, the Groundhog Day that may lead to a ‘St Valentine’s Day Massacre’ for one side or the other. Richard Parry assesses the further two-week pause in parliamentary action on Brexit

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