Dr Luke F. Middup, Lecturer


Luke Middup gained his BA, MA International  Relations, (Title: ‘The Role that Civil-Military Disputes played in US Policy towards Vietnam, 1965-68.’) and a PhD Politics and International Relations (Title: ‘The Powell Doctrine and the Legacy of Vietnam: Four Case Studies’) each from the University of Nottingham.  He has taught at the University of St Andrews since January 2016. Before that he taught at the University of Nottingham and RAF Cranwell, site of the RAF’s Junior Officer training course.

Research areas

Luke Middup’s research interests are the theory and practice of Civil Military relations, US foreign policy post 1945 and British Civil Military relations since 2001. He also has an interest in maritime strategy and in the use and limits of air power.



  • The Powell Doctrine and US Foreign Policy. (Ashgate Publishing 2015)

  • ‘Doing it Right: The Influence of Vietnam on U.S. Strategy in the First Persian Gulf War,’ published in Comparative Strategy, 29.5 (December 2010).

Book Reviews

  • Review: Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan 
    (Bloomsbury, 2012).  49thParallel.
  • Review: Dick Cheney,  with Liz Cheney, In My Time: A Personal and Political   Memoir
    (Threshold Editions, 2011).  49thParallel.
  • Review: Steven Hurst, The United States and Iraq Since 1979:  Hegemony, Oil and   War
    (Edinburgh University Press, 2009).  49thParallel.
  • Review: Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic, James Der Derian, David Udris and Michael
    Udris (Bullfrog Films, 2010) (DVD), Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press),
    45.4 (November 2011).
  • Review: Susan Dunn, Roosevelt’s Purge: How FDR Fought to Change the Democratic Party
    (The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2010), 49th Parallel, Issue 26 (Summer 2011).
  • Review: Bob Woodward, Obama’s Wars: The Inside Story (London: Simon & Schuster, 2010),
    49th Parallel,  Issue 25  (Spring 2011).  


Dr Middup currently teaches modules IR3025 International Security, IR3029 The Logic of Irregular, IR4540 Changing Nature of War. He has also lectured as part of the team taught module IR1005 focusing on Power, Authority and the State.

Research students

Dr Middup supervises Alistair Curran for HI5010 Directed Reading  and a number of undergraduate dissertations.