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Richard James Sladden

Richard James Sladden

Part time PhD Student


James is a part time PhD student and a member of Darwin College.

When not PhDing, James works as a consultant for the UK Government Stabilisation Unit.

Prior to this James was a Policy Analyst for the RAND Corporation. From November 2014-June 2015 James worked as an International Monitoring Officer for the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and worked in the conflict areas of Eastern Ukraine. Prior to working for the OSCE James served for seven years as an officer in the Royal Marines. His service included deployments in Yemen, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and on counter piracy operations in the Horn of Africa. James received an MA with distinction in Applied Security Strategy from the Strategy and Security Institute of the University of Exeter, where he was an Excellence Scholar.

Research Interests

My current PhD thesis title is:

The oil shock and 'Eurodollar Diplomacy', 1967 - 1979.



  • Economic, Social History
  • Military History
  • Global History
  • Academic related
  • Modern British History
  • International History
  • Imperial History

Other Publications

‘Russian Strategy in the Middle East’
James Sladden, Becca Wasser, Ben Connable, Sarah Grand-Clement, RAND Centre for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP).

‘Uncertainty' in National Security Strategy, or, “What the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street
could teach the Mandarins of Whitehall”, The New Strategist Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2016. Published by the Changing Character of War Programme, University of Oxford and the Defence, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre, UK Ministry of Defence.

‘Challenging the Commando Shibboleth’, Naval Review Journal, Nov 2012.