Brendan Simms is the founder and Director of the Centre for Geopolitics. He works on European geopolitics, past and present, and his principal interests are the German Question, Britain and Europe, Hitler’s global anti-semitism, Humanitarian Intervention and state construction.

He teaches at both undergraduate and graduate level in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS); he also supervises history undergraduates at Peterhouse, Cambridge. His MPhil courses on the History of European Geopolitics use scenarios as part of the teaching and learning process. He has supervised PhD dissertations on subjects as diverse as Intervention and State Sovereignty in the Holy Roman Empire, Sinn Fein, the American colonists and the eighteenth-century European state system, the Office of the UN High Representative in Bosnia, and German Civil-Military relations. Professor Simms is a frequent contributor to print and broadsheet media.

He has advised governments and parliaments, and spoken at Westminster, in the European Parliament (Brussels) and at think-tanks in the United Kingdom, the United States and in many Eurozone countries. The Centre for Geopolitics is designed to draw together all these interests.

 

Key publications:

Brendan Simms and D.J. Trim (eds), Humanitarian interventionA history (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East (with Patrick Milton and Michael Axworthy) (Hurst Publishers, London, 2018)

Hitler. Only the world was enough (Allen Lane, London, 2019)

Unfinest hour. Britain and the destruction of Bosnia (Allen Lane, London, 2001)

Three Victories and a defeat: the rise and fall of the first British Empire (Allen Lane, London, 2007)

Europe. The struggle for supremacy, 1453 to the present (Allen Lane, London, 2013)

Britain’s Europe. A thousand years of conflict and cooperation (Allen Lane, London, 2016)

Donald Trump. The making of a world view (with Charlie Laderman)  (IB Tauris, London, 2017)

 

Related

Diplomacy, Security

Global Germany

Monday 10th June, 2024

Global Germany

Grand Strategy

Is the UK capable of grand strategy? with William James

Economics, Populism

Unfinished Quest: India’s Search for Major Power Status, with T.V. Paul

History, Intelligence, World War II

The Spy Who Came in from the Circus: The Secret Life of Cyril Bertram Mills

History

Five hundred years of English and British violence in Europe

In the press

Latvian book receives award at Cambridge symposium on Ukraine and the Baltics

Saturday 6th April, 2024

Latvian book receives award at Cambridge symposium on Ukraine and the Baltics

Latvian television reports from the 2024 International Baltic Symposium at the Centre for Geopolitics.

In the press

Russia’s war on Ukraine forces Europe to weaponise its economic might

Friday 5th April, 2024

Russia’s war on Ukraine forces Europe to weaponise its economic might

An Al Jazeera article about the origins and implications of the Ukraine War, using quotes and analysis discussed at our 2024 International Baltic Symposium in Cambridge.

Diplomacy, Security, War

2014 revolution in Ukraine and the Baltic

In the press

Varadkar denies Ireland is reliant on UK military for security at Munich conference

Saturday 17th February, 2024

Varadkar denies Ireland is reliant on UK military for security at Munich conference

Centre director Prof. Brendan Simms is quoted in The Journal after asking a question of the Irish Taoiseach at the Munich Security Council about Ireland being dependent on the UK for land and seabed security.

Announcement

The Centre’s 2023 Annual Report

Monday 1st January, 2024

The Centre’s 2023 Annual Report

Event Review

Seminar on contested maritime space

Thursday 16th November, 2023

Seminar on contested maritime space

Authoritarianism

Understanding Putin’s Russia

Wednesday 1st November, 2023

Understanding Putin’s Russia

Commentary

Authoritarian Resilience

Thursday 6th July, 2023

Authoritarian Resilience

Peace building

The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement: 25 years on

Event Review

Mannerheim, Marshal of Finland: A Life in Geopolitics

In the press

Article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Sunday 21st May, 2023

Article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Professor Brendan Simms and the Centre for Geopolitics referred to in an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

In the press

Historic precedent of a possible alliance between Russia and China.

Saturday 18th March, 2023

Historic precedent of a possible alliance between Russia and China.

Professor Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman write in the Telegraph Online on the historic precedent of a possible alliance between Russia and China.

Podcast

Episode 26: The State of Europe

Wednesday 15th March, 2023

Episode 26: The State of Europe

Professor Brendan Simms gives Ali and Suzanne his impressions of the key themes from this year’s Munich Security Conference and what this means for European security and Russia’s war in Ukraine.  

History, Military

The Personality of American Power: Empire Imagined

Diplomacy, Economics, History

Britain and the Central Mediterranean, with former Prime Minister of Malta, Lawrence Gonzi

Diplomacy

Where will Germany be in ten years? with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

History, World War II

A world in crisis, December 1941, and what it means today

History, Human rights

Humanitarian Governance and the British Antislavery World System, with Maeve Ryan

In the press

Trust is the key to geopolitical strength for Engelsberg Ideas

Thursday 26th January, 2023

Trust is the key to geopolitical strength for Engelsberg Ideas

Professor Brendan Simms writes Trust is the key to geopolitical strength for Engelsberg Ideas.

Security

Security and vulnerability of NATO’s Northern flank

World War II

Unanticipated outcomes of the British blockade

History, War

Who were the Baltic Germans and what is their legacy?

In the press

The New Statesman publishes How oil become the world’s most contested resource by Professor Brendan Simms.

Wednesday 19th October, 2022

The New Statesman publishes How oil become the world’s most contested resource by Professor Brendan Simms.

The New Statesman publishes How oil become the world’s most contested resource by Professor Brendan Simms.

In the press

Charles III — why not make him King-Emperor of Europe?

Monday 3rd October, 2022

Charles III — why not make him King-Emperor of Europe?

Professor Brendon Simms contributes Charles III — why not make him King-Emperor of Europe? to Engelsberg Ideas.

In the press

Professor Brendan Simms asks What is England really made of?

Friday 12th August, 2022

Professor Brendan Simms asks What is England really made of?

Professor Brendan Simms asks What is England really made of? in Engelsberg Ideas.

Event Review

First Baltic Summer School launches in Vilnius

War

The War in Ukraine

Friday 18th March, 2022

The War in Ukraine

War

EMERGENCY EVENT: The Russian invasion of Ukraine

In the press

Why Britain matters in Europe – by Charles Clarke and Brendan Simms (New Statesman)

Wednesday 10th February, 2021

Why Britain matters in Europe – by Charles Clarke and Brendan Simms (New Statesman)

Our strategic alliance with the Baltic states has survived centuries of upheaval. Now the mission is to contain the Russians and keep China out.

Event Review

Baltic Programme Launch

Monday 25th January, 2021

Baltic Programme Launch

In the press

Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East

Friday 19th June, 2020

Towards a Westphalia for the Middle East

Prof. Brendan Simms explains how a 17th Century peace settlement in Europe could provide a template for exploring peace in the Middle East in the 21st Century.