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Professor Geoffrey Till

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Photo Geoffrey Till, Dean of Academic Studies at the United Kingdom Command and Staff College from 1997-2006, is now Emeritus Professor of Maritime Studies at King’s College London and Chairman of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. Since 2009, he has also been a Visiting Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. He is also Adjunct Research Professor at the National Institute for the Study of the South China Sea, Haikou, Hainan, China. In addition to many articles and chapters on various aspects of maritime strategy and policy defense, Professor Till is the author of a number of books. His most recent is Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century, 3rd Ed., January 2013, for Routledge. He edited, with Patrick Bratton, The Triumph of Neptune? Seapower and the Asia-Pacific: Adjusting to New Realities; and an Adelphi Book for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Naval Expansion in Asia: An Arms Race in the Making? Both were published by Routledge as paperbacks in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, with Jane Chan, he edited Naval Modernisation in South-East Asia: Nature, Causes and Consequences. His Understanding Victory: Naval Operations from Trafalgar to the Falklands is to be published by ABC-Clio in 2014. Professor Till is currently working on a number of other projects on maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. His works have been translated into 12 languages.

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SSI books and monographs by Professor Geoffrey Till

  • A New Type of Great Power Relationship between the United States and China: The Military Dimension

    September 03, 2014

    Authored by Professor Geoffrey Till.
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    President Xi Jinping's recent suggestion that a newly empowered China and the United States adopt a relationship that is new and different from previous relations between the great powers provides an ideal opportunity for the United States to consider its strategic options in the region.

  • The Real "Long War": The Illicit Drug Trade and the Role of the Military

    September 24, 2013

    Authored by Professor Geoffrey Till.
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    With a shift in focus and priority from likely involvement in large-scale counterinsurgency operations, the limited likelihood of continental traditional warfighting operations, together with the onset of an era of budgetary austerity, the U.S. Army may need to give greater attention to its role in responding to the many nontraditional threats to the peace and security of the United States. Of these, the illicit trade in drugs ranks highly because of its massive effects on human, national, and international security.

  • Naval Transformation, Ground Forces, and the Expeditionary Impulse: The Sea-Basing Debate

    January 04, 2007

    Authored by Professor Geoffrey Till.
    While naval forces often are out of sight and out of mind to land forces engaged in expeditionary operations, their contribution is vital and becoming much more so. But they face major challenges, which if not resolved may mean the end of what has been called the "expeditionary era."