Samir Puri

Samir Puri

Adjunct Professor in International Relations

SAIS Europe


  • Europe
  • Pakistan
  • Ukraine
  • Western Europe
  • Counterterrorism
  • Diplomacy
  • Strategic and Security Issues

Background and Education

Dr. Puri is Lecturer in International Relations, King's College, London. Prior to his position at King's College, Dr. Puri has held positions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2009-15) and RAND Corporation (2006-09). He has a PhD in International Relations from Cambridge University and a MA in War Studies from King's College, London. While at King's College he provides analysis for the media on counter-terrorism and foreign policy matters for Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

Dr. Puri's publications include: Books: Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups: The Difficulty of Security Strategic Outcomes, IISS Adelphi Series, 459 (London/New York: Routledge) (2016); Pakistan's War on Terrorism: Strategies for Combating Jihadist Groups Since 9/11, Asia Security Series (Oxon/New York: Routledge) (2011).
Journal articles: "Romania: Black Sea Security and NATO's South-Eastern Frontline," in The New Strategist (forthcoming); "The strategic hedging of Iran, Russia and China: Juxtaposing participation in the global system with regional revisionism," in Journal of Global Security Studies, 2:4, 307-323 (2017); "Brinkmanship, not COIN, in Pakistan’s post-9/11 Internal War," in Small Wars and Insurgencies, 28:1, 218-232 (2017); "Fathoming Pakistan's Cycles of Instability," in RUSI Journal, 152:5, 52-56 (2007); "The Role of Intelligence in Deciding the Battle of Britain," in Intelligence and National Security, 21:3, 416-439 (2006).

2018-06-28 00:00:00 
Fall 2018 
This course is ...
This course is an introduction to strategic studies, which deals with the preparation and use of military power to serve the ends of politics. Although the treatment is topical, two themes run throughout: Carl von Clausewitz's On War and alternatives to it and the development of warfare from the late nineteenth century to the present. Course prerequisites include a general knowledge of the history of international relations since the middle of the nineteenth century.

The course is divided into three main parts: an introductory discussion of strategic theory, focused on Clausewitz and alternatives to his theory of war; an examination of the paradigmatic form of warfare that emerged in the nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century; an examination of challenges that have emerged to that paradigm since the Second World War. The course is taught through a combination of lecture and discussion.(STRAT)