Professor Anthony Glees

Emeritus Professor

Professor Anthony Glees, Director of BUCSIS at the University of Buckingham, the UK's favourite university

Anthony Glees MA MPhil DPhil (Oxford) is Professor of Politics at the University of Buckingham and directs its Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS). With a full programme of research and teaching (some thirty students are currently taking its MA, MPhil and PhD programmes) BUCSIS is one of the largest such centres in Europe.

He was a student at St Catherine’s College, Oxford and then an associate and senior associate member of St Antony’s College. His previous full-time appointments were at the Universities of Warwick and Brunel (where he was latterly professor of politics).

He has a specialist concern with Security and Intelligence issues and has written and lectured on aspects of the history of British intelligence, on the Stasi, on Islamism, on terrorism and counter-terrorism, on subversion in western democracies both today and in the past. He also takes a particular interest in European Union and German affairs and contemporary history (on which he has also published extensively).

He is the author of six books (four of which are single-authored), numerous chapters in books and scholarly articles. He is a member of the international advisory boards of the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism at Macquarie University, Australia, the Asia-Pacific Foundation in London, the Research Institute for European and American Studies in Athens, Greece and the Oxford Intelligence Group. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Intelligence and National Security and The Journal for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism and the Advisory Board of The Journal of Intelligence Ethics.

His work has received detailed and repeated attention from BBC TV and Radio (numerous outlets), ITN, Sky TV, CNN, Korean TV, Al-Jazeera and numerous radio networks in the USA, Canada, Germany and from ReutersThe Sunday TimesThe Daily TelegraphThe Wall Street JournalThe Daily MailThe Guardian and many other newspapers throughout the world.

Anthony Glees was the advisor to the War Crimes Inquiry in the Home Office (1988-90) and his work on the Stasi was debated in Parliament on 21 December 1999. He has also worked for the head of Current Affairs at BBC TV (1987-88). In January 2010 he was invited to give evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Homeland Security Group. He has been invited to speak to expert audiences within the UK, the United States and the European Union (since 2001 he has been a senior security policy advisor to the EPP Parties in the European Parliament via the European Ideas Network, the EIN and visited many European nations in this capacity). In January 2010 he was appointed a professor of trust (Vertrauensdozent) by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

He is a Member of the Peer Review College of the ESRC and of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

On 10 May 2018, he was invited to speak at the Cambridge Union, to move the motion that the UK should not participate in the FIFA2018 match in Russia, following the attack on the Skripals in Salisbury.

On 15 May 2018, he was invited to Berlin to give a keynote address to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation on Brexit.

On 24 May 2018, he was invited to give Sir Francis Walsingham talk to the annual UK’s Intelligence Corps Dinner at the Headquarters of the Intelligence Corps, at Chicksands.

On 9 June 2018, he was a keynote speaker on Brexit and Europe at the University of Witten.

He was invited to give evidence on Brexit and Security to the House of Lords Europe Committee ‘Brexit and the Proposed UK-EU Security Treaty’


Most recent

Chapters in books and articles (excluding journalism)

Anthony Glees (2018) ‘Gechillte Royals, zermürbte Brexiteers’: Die zwei Gesichter Großbritanniens imSommer 2018 Politische Mitteilungen Nr. 552, September/Oktober 2018, 63. Jahrgang pp 65-69

Anthony Glees (2018) ‘Ein “Merkel Plan” fuer Afrika’ in Michael Rutz Gefaehrdete Welt: Einsichten und Auswege’ 2018 978-3-451-39986-2 Herder Verlag, Freiburg pp 60-73

Anthony Glees (2017) ‘Bye-bye Britain: Wie Angela Merkel den Ausschlag zum Brexit gab’ in Philip Plickert Merkel eine kritische Bilanz, 2017 978-3-95972-065-6 Finanzbuchverlag, Munich pp 199-219

Anthony Glees with James Ridley-Jones ‘Viewpoint: The Current Challenges to UK National Security and How They Might be Addressed’ The Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers Vol 25 No 1 ISSN 1039-1525 pp 40-56 Read more in our Publication of the week section (14 August 2017).

Anthony Glees’ What Brexit means for British and European intelligence agencies’ in The Journal of Intelligence History(Abingdon: Taylor and Francis) Vol 16, July 2017

Anthony Glees (2017) ‘Current National Security Challenges’ Counter-Terrorism Magazine:

Anthony Glees (2016)  ‘Prevention Strategies to Counter Daesh Extremism in the UK’ in  Beatrice Gorawantschy and Rohan Gunaratna eds Countering Daesh Extremism: European and Asian Responses(Singapore: International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research & Konrad Adenauer Foundation) Reg no 201228783N pp 221-239 Read more in our Publication of the week section (21 November 2016).

Anthony Glees (2016) ‘Open Secrecy’ in Corneliu Bjola and Stuart Murray eds Secret Diplomacy: Concepts, Contexts and Cases (Abingdon: Routledge) ISBN 978-1-138-99935-0 pp 108-132 Read more in our Publication of the week section (5 May 2016).

Anthony Glees (2016) ‘The impact of intelligence on policy: an introduction to the “‘Secret Documents of the Second World War’ Taylor and Francis online publication to coincide with digitized publication of National Archive files on secret activity 1930s-1950” February 2016

Anthony Glees (2016) ‘Germany’s European Ambitions: the Future of the EU’

Anthony Glees (2015) ‘Intelligence Studies, Universities and Security’ British Journal of Educational Studies(Abingdon: Routledge) Vol 63 No 3 pp 281-310

Anthony Glees (2015) ‘European Security Intelligence’ in Edith Drieskens ed The Sage Handbook on European Foreign Policy Washington, London, Los Angeles: Sage  pp 264-277


Recent Op-Ed Articles

Anthony Glees (2018) ‘Sugarcoating Torture’ in The Globe Post’

Anthony Glees (2017) The People’s Daily (China)

Current UK Security Challenges, 13 July 2017

Anthony Glees (2017) The Sun

Anthony Glees (2017) The Daily Mail

Anthony Glees (2016) The Sun

Anthony Glees (2016) The Daily Mirror

Anthony Glees (2016) The People’s Daily (China)

Anthony Glees (2016) The New York Times

Anthony Glees (2016) The Sunday Guardian (India)


Media Appearances:

Numerous appearances on: BBC TV News Channel, Sky TV News, BBC Radio Two The Jeremy Vine Programme, BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio Four (The World Tonight, PM), BBC World Service TV, BBC World TV (Arabic Service), German National Television, Austrian State Radio, German National Radio, West German Radio, South West German Radio, Information Radio Berlin, BBC Scotland, many regional BBC Radio Networks including BBC South, BBC Oxford, BBC London, BBC Three Counties.

As well as many interviews for the printed media in the UK and the international media.

Official Meetings

Invited to Global Strategy Forum (Marquess of Lothian PC QC DL)
Meeting with Members of the Intelligence Oversight Committee of the Federal German Parliament (Norbert Stier, deputy chief of the German Intelligence Service)
Wilton Park Conference on future of Britain in Europe (Dr Hans Blomeier)
Oxford Conference on European Security Policy (Bernd Weber)
MoD Workshop on Russia, Pembroke College, Oxford (Dr Rob Johnson)
European Ideas Network conference, Albufeira, Portugal (Jaime Mayor Oreja MEP)
Cabinet Office / Brunel University, Workshop on “Ten Years after the Butler Review” (Prof Phil Davies)



Glees, A., J. Morrison & P. Davies, The Open Side of Secrecy: Britain’s Intelligence and Security Committee (London: Social Affairs Unit, 2006). ISBN: 1-904863-16-7, pp.190.

Glees, A. & P. Davies, Spinning the Spies: Intelligence, Open Government and the Hutton Inquiry (London: Social Affairs Unit, 2004). ISBN: 1-904863-01-9, pp.111.

Glees, A. The Stasi Files: The UK Operations of the East German Intelligence and Security Service (London and New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003). ISBN: 0-7432-3104X, pp.460. Paperback edition 2004: ISBN: 0-7432-3105-3.

Glees, A. Reinventing Germany: German Political Development since 1945 (Oxford and Washington: Berg, 1996). ISBN: 1-85973-190-2, pp.306.

Glees, A. The Secrets of the Service: British Intelligence and Communist Subversion, 1939-51 (London: Jonathan Cape, 1987). ISBN: 0- 224-02252-0, pp.447. American edition: New York: Carroll & Graf, 1987.

Glees, A. Exile Politics during the Second World War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982). ISBN: 0-19-821893-1, pp.263.



Glees, A., “Islamist terrorism and British universities”, in Colin Murray-Parkes (ed.),  Responses to Terrorism (Routledge, 2014, 144-151). ISBN 978-0-415-6855 (hbk), 978-0-415-70624-7 (pbk).

Glees, A., “The future of intelligence studies”, Journal of Strategic Security 6.3 (2013), 124-127.

Glees, A., “Redefining the limits of secret activity in the United Kingdom”, Intelligence Ethics 2.2 (Fall 2011), 2-18.  ISSN: 2151-2868.

Glees, A. & J. Richards, “International terrorism: the neglected domestic dimension”, in N. Tzifakis (ed.), International Politics in Times of Changes (Springer Press 2011), 321-319. ISSN 1866-1270; e-ISSN 1867-4488; ISBN 978-3-642-21954-2; e-ISBN 978-3-642-21955-9.

Glees, A., “Transparency is not always a virtue, secrecy not always a vice”, Public Servant (Feb. 2011).

Glees, A. “Arab and Islamic funding of Islamic Studies: a question of Western security”, National Observer 81 (Dec. 2009-Feb. 2010), 10pp.
This article is available on the National Observer website

Glees, A. “Cooperation: an intelligent approach to security”, Public Servant (Feb. 2010), 3

Glees, A. “‘Intelligence without borders”, Defence Management (Feb. 2010)

Glees, A. “Global uncertainties: head to head, Glees v Hayes”, Institute for Ideas (2010)
This debate is available on the Debating Matters website

Glees, A. “The ‘Politics of Fear’ or effective counter-terror policies?”, in P. Major & C. Moran (eds), Spooked: Britain, Empire and Intelligence since 1945(Cambridge: Scholars Press, 2009), 1-22.

Glees, A. “‘The Stasi’s UK operations: Subversion and espionage 1973-1989″, Journal of Intelligence History 7.1 (2007), 61-82.

Glees, A. “In search of a new intelligence system: the British experience”, in S. Tsang (ed.), Intelligence and Human Rights in the Era of Global Terrorism (Westport and London: Praeger, 2007), 145-158.

Glees, A. “‘The Stasi”, in J. Winter & J. Merriman (eds), Europe since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction (Detroit: Scribner, 2006).

Glees, A. & P. Davies, “Intelligence, Iraq and the limits of legislative accountability during the political crisis”, Intelligence and National Security 21 (2006), 848-883.
This article is available on the Informaworld website

Glees, A. “The Stasi and UK–GDR Relations”, in S. Berger & N. LaPorte (eds), The Other Germany. Perceptions and Influences in British-East German Relations, 1945-1990 (Schriftenreihe des ADAF 52, Augsburg: Wißner, 2005), 75-91.

Glees, A. “Britain’s clever fanatics”, in Corrupt Humanitarianism (The New Criterion special pamphlet, New York, 2005), 9-12.

Glees, A. “The use of intelligence”, Parliamentary Affairs: A Journal of Comparative Politics 58.1 (2005), 138-156.

Glees, A. “Rechtsstaatlichkeit under challenge in the Berlin Republic: the Kohl Affair and the Stasi Legacy”, in E. Kolinsky & M. Dennis (eds), United and Divided – Germany since 1990 (Oxford and New York: Berghahn, 2004), 68-92.

Glees, A. “Legacies of exclusion: The memory of terror and the creation of civic values in the new Bundesländer”, in C. Flockton, E. Kolinsky & R.M.O. Pritchard (eds), The New Germany in the East: Policy Agendas and Social Developments since Unification (London: Cass, 2003), 165-192.

Glees, A. “The British-German state visits of 1958 and 1965: from occupation to normalisation”, in J. Noakes, P. Wende & J. Wright (eds), Britain and Germany in Europe: 1949-1990 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), ch.13.

Glees, A. “Der Dritte Weg. Blairism neo-liberal or social democratic?”, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Auslandsinformationen 3 (2000), 4-33.

Glees, A. “Die britische Kulturpolitik gegenüber Deutschland, mit besonderer Beruecksichtigung Berlins: Kritik eines Politikwissenschaftlers”, in H.M. Hinz (ed.), Die vier Besatzungsmächte und die Kultur in Berlin 1945-1949 (Leipzig: Leipziger Universitaetsverlag, 2000).

Glees, A. “British cultural policy towards Germany during the Occupation period”, in W.J. Mommsen (ed), Die Ungleichen Partner: Deutsch-Britische Beziehungen im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert (Stuttgart: DVA, 1999), 216-237.

Glees, A. “Social transformation studies and the abuse of human rights in the GDR”, ‘ in E. Kolinksy & C. Flockton (eds), Recasting East Germany: Social Transformation after the GDR (London and Portland: Frank Cass, 1999).

Glees, A. “Anglo-Saxon influences on the development of German democracy after 1945”, in J. Pinder (ed.), Foundations of Democracy in the European Union: From the Genesis of Parliamentary Democracy to the European Parliament (London: Macmillan, 1999).

Glees, A. “‘The 1944 plotters and the war of genocide”, Journal of Holocaust Education 4.1 (Summer 1995), 51-73.

Glees, A. “‘The German Fascist Right in the 20th Century”, in M. Moss (ed.), On the Origin and Evolution of European Fascism (Claremont CA: Gould Center for Humanistic Studies Monograph Series 6, 1995).

Glees, A. “The making of British policy on war crimes: History as politics in Great Britain”, ‘ in Contemporary European History 1 (1992), 171-97.

Glees, A. “The diplomacy of Anglo-German relations: A study of the ERM Crisis of September 1992″, German Politics 3 (1994), 75-90.

Glees, A. “Germany in the New Europe”, Europa Programmet 31 (1994), reprinted in Die Zukunft der Aussenpolitik (Loccum: Loccumer Protokolle 67/94, 1995), 569-591.

Glees, A. “War crimes: the security and intelligence policy dimension”, Intelligence and National Security 7 (1992), 242-267.

Glees, A. “Political scandal in the Bonn Republic”, Corruption and Reform 3 (1988/89), 261-276.

Glees, A. “The Flick Affair: a hint of corruption in the Bonn Republic”, Corruption and Reform Kluwer 2 (1987), 111-126.


Published reports

Glees, A.,  “Privacy and security”, invited submission to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, 8 February 2014.

Glees, A. & C. Pope, When Students Turn to Terror: How safe are British universities (London: Social Affairs Unit, 2005). ISBN: 1-904863-07-8 pp 79

Glees, A. Parliamentary Culture in a Time of Change (People and Politics 7British Council, Science and Public Affairs, 2000).

Glees, A. Modell Deutschland? Zum Verhältnis von Politik und Ökonomie (Hamburg: Körber Stiftung, 2000). ISBN: 3-89684-227-7, pp.40-2, 90, 100-1, 115.

Glees, A. (ed. + intro.), German Transformation: New Perspectives on Unification (Online publication of the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society, London, 2000). 152 pp.

Glees, A. Peace and Progress in Northern Ireland (People and Politics 4, British Council, Science and Public Affairs, 1999).

Glees, A. The Third Way’ (People and Politics 3, British Council, Science and Public Affairs, 1998).

Glees, A. Britain and Europe: Plus ça change? (People and Politics 1, British Council, Science and Public Affairs, 1998).

Glees, A. “The punishment of war criminals: the British Government view”, in War Crimes: Report of the War Crimes Inquiry (HMSO Cmnd 744, 1989), ch.3 [Official report for HM Government].

Selected Publications

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