Thomas Rid is Professor of Security Studies at King’s College London.
Rid’s work covers a broad spectrum of security questions. His influential most recent book, Cyber War Will Not Take Place (Oxford University Press/Hurst 2013), is a comprehensive analysis of political computer attacks, driven by empirical facts, technical detail, and political theory. His widely-read article “Deterrence Beyond the State” (CSP 2012) opens a fresh conceptual angle on the deterrence debate by exploring Israel’s experience with non-state militants. Rid’s thesis, War and Media Operations (Routledge 2007), examined the history and rationale of the Pentagon’s embedded media programme of March 2003. His numerous articles appeared in major English, French, and German peer-reviewed journals as well as magazines and newspapers. Rid has commented on current affairs on the BBC, CNN, Sky, al-Jazeera, and others.
In 2009/2010, Rid was a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University and the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. From 2006 to 2009 he worked at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation in Washington, and at the Institut français des relations internationales in Paris. Rid wrote his first book at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin’s leading foreign policy think tank. Rid holds a PhD from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
Thomas lives in the Barbican in the City of London. Originally he is from Aach, a village in Baden-Württemberg’s most southern region.