Colin Fleming

University of Edinburgh
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


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.

Posts by this author

Scotland and NATO: a natural partnership?

Colin Fleming on the NATO membership prospects of an independent Scotland.

State of the debate: Scotland, NATO, and Trident?

Colin Fleming investigates issues relating to the ongoing defence debate.

White paper reflections - Defence

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 SG has sought to reassure the Scottish people, the rest of the United Kingdom and potential allies that it will take its defence responsibilities seriously.

White Paper reflections - Defence

The White Paper sets out a comprehensive defence blueprint in the event of Independence

Why Scotland is more than capable of defending itself

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.