Luke Botting

Research Topic:

Being and Anarchy: Individual Freedom in International Order
International Relations Network
Green Templeton College
DPhil International Relations

I am a DPhil candidate in International Relations (IR) at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. My research - funded by a scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council - explores theories of international order, specifically the English School and political theology, and their ability to explain and resolve normative conflicts in contemporary society of states. Beyond my doctoral research, and based on my experience with the British military, Ministry of Defence and NATO, I have also written on defence and security issues.

Awards and Scholarships

  • ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership Award (2019-2023)
  • Sword of Honour, Royal Air Force College (2017)
  • Prince Bandar Award, Royal Air Force College (2017)
  • BAe Systems Trophy, Royal Air Force College (2017)
  • Deans List, University of St Andrews (2014-2016)

Teaching Experience

I have taught the following subjects at the University of Oxford:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Relations in the Era of the Cold War


  • ‘The Strategic Value of Air Defence’, Air and Space Power Review, Vol. 25, No.2, Summer 2023, pp.30-47
  • ‘Review – Losing the Long Game: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East’, Air Power Review, Vol. 24, No.2, Winter 2022, pp.156-8
  • ‘China and Russia Both Benefit from the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan’, The Diplomat, January 11, 2022
  • ‘Air Power in an Age of Armed Humanitarian Intervention’, Air Power Review, Vol. 21, No. 3, Autumn/Winter 2018, pp.14-39