Alex Waterman

Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    • Since 07/2021: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies and at the project "World Order Narratives of the Global South"

    • 01/2021 - 07/2021: Teaching Fellow in Conflict Studies, University of Leeds

    • 09/2020 - 09/2021: Non-resident Fellow, Modern War Institute West Point

    • 09/2019 - 01/2021: Research Fellow in Security, Terrorism and Insurgency, University of Leeds

    • 04/2019 - 09/2019: Sessional Tutor, Study Group

    • 01/2019 - 04/2019: Visiting Lecturer, Leeds Trinity University

    • 08/2016 - 10/2016: Research Affiliate, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

    • 05/2016 - 10/2016: International Visiting Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses

    • 11/2015 - 12/2019: Research Consultant, International Institute of Strategic Studies

    • 09/2015 - 09/2019: Teaching Assistant, University of Leeds

    • Since 09/2015: Associate Reviews Editor, Civil Wars

    • Education: PhD in Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds

    Current Research

    • Narratives and local order in counterinsurgency/ceasefires

    • Armed Order-Making in Northeast India

    • Comparing Order and Knowledge across Counterinsurgencies

    • Rebel Ordering and Governance

    Countries and Regions

    • India

    • Northeast India

    • South Asia

    Research Programmes

    Alex Waterman

    Research Fellow

    Small Wars and Insurgencies | 09/2022

    The Shadow of ‘the Boys:’ Rebel Governance without Territorial Control in Assam’s ULFA Insurgency

    This article leverages data from an oft-overlooked case of rebel governance – India’s United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) – to demonstrate the importance of de-centring territorial control as a prerequisite for rebel governance.

    Alex Waterman

    Research Fellow

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 04/2021

    Normalcy Restored? The Lingering Drivers of Insurgency in Northeast India

    Alex Waterman

    Research Fellow

    International Peacekeeping | 2021

    Ceasefires and State Order-Making in Naga Northeast India

    Alex Waterman

    Research Fellow

    Asian Security | 2021

    Counterinsurgents’ Use of Force and “Armed Orders” in Naga Northeast India

    Alex Waterman

    Research Fellow

    Civil Wars | 12/2020

    Spinning Multiple Plates Under Fire: The Importance of Ordering Processes in Civil Wars

    Alex Waterman

    Research Fellow

    Ass. Prof. Dr. James Worrall

    Research Project | 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2024

    World Order Narratives of the Global South (WONAGO)

    The decades since the late twentieth century are marked by the end of the bipolar world order and the rise of countries of the Global South. Most explanations focus on political and economic power shifts and do not pay much attention to ideas of order, especially those prevalent in the Global South. To provide a more inclusive perspective, this project researches world order narratives in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its Area Studies strategy.
    BMBF, 2021-2024

    BBC Radio Leeds (Breakfast Show) | Interview | 25/02/2022

    Russian Military Strategy in Ukraine and Implications

    Interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds on the current events in the war in Ukraine. 

    Consultant | 26/05/2022

    Reimagining COIN after Afghanistan Workshop

    Played a leading role in organising and presenting at a workshop held at the National Army Museum, in which a group of Early Career Researchers and PhD students presented their research to representatives from the British Army's Land Warfare Centre and 1 Division.

    Alex Waterman

    Research Fellow


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