Robert Dover

Robert Dover
University of Hull · Department of Social Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am currently working on: The impact of technology on government intelligence. Crisis communications, mis and dis-information. The interaction between academics and government assessment communities.
Additional affiliations
February 2016 - January 2021
University of Leicester
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2007 - February 2016
Loughborough University
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2005 - August 2007
King's College London
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
February 2005 - January 2006
King's College London
Field of study
  • PG Cert Academic Practice
October 2000 - July 2004
University of Bristol
Field of study
  • Politics
September 1999 - September 2000
University of Nottingham
Field of study
  • European Integration

Publications

Publications (38)
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Recorded crimes involving and impacting upon children continues to be a significant problem in the UK. The use of juvenile covert human intelligence sources (JCHIS) has become controversial, attracting considerable adverse commentary in from media, Parliamentarian and activist sources. In examining the potential of JCHIS in the contemporary crime s...
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For decades, espionage during the Cold War was often presented as a competition between East and West. The extent to which the Global South constituted the main battleground for this conflict is now being appreciated, together with the way coups and covert regime change represented a continuation of colonialism by other means. Recent revelations ab...
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Reviews of intelligence failures have recommended greater use of external expertise in challenging intelligence community assessments. External contributions were expected to augment covert collection and to provide open-source challenge to analysts, rather than to directly contribute to decision support. The structural limitations of the scope and...
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The ubiquity of social media platforms promises greater government insight for horizon scanning, warning notice, investigations and situational awareness. This paper concludes that SOCMINT has utility in horizon scanning, offers limited value to warning notice and situational awareness. For the Five Eyes nations the adversary utilisation of SOCMINT...
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In this article, Joe Devanny, Robert Dover, Michael S Goodman and David Omand explore the current problems facing intelligence analysis and analysts in the UK and consider what might be done to tackle them. They argue that nothing less than a revolution in the British government’s approach to intelligence assessment is required and that this ought...
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This paper primarily concerns the potential impact academia can have on the government’s analytical functions and the necessary conditions and hindrances in making such an impact. In doing so, it addresses several important agendas for researchers engaged in the arts, humanities and social sciences aiming to generate ‘research impact’ and policy re...
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There is a strong intersection between risk, security and the law. Legal systems serve as an important way that risk – be it business risk or political risk – can be mitigated. The law is, however, far more effective at regulating financial contracts or measures affecting individuals than it is regulating the behaviour of states parties in the inte...
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The practical business of government intelligence and security communities exist, for the most part, in necessary secrecy. There has historically been a measure of ad-hoc interaction between the UK’s intelligence community with individual academics and universities. In this chapter we will explore some of the ways in which engagement between the UK...
Book
This handbook provides a detailed analysis of threats and risk in the international system and of how governments and their intelligence services must adapt and function in order to manage the evolving security environment. This environment, now and for the foreseeable future, is characterised by complexity. The development of disruptive digital te...
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The British Military Covenant can be located in and from many sources and from 2011 onwards in primary legislation. This article argues that the provision of military housing amounts to an early test of how the military covenant is understood and used by those involved in defence policy, and those in the armed forces affected by it. It finds that h...
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Aggressive tax planning by multinational enterprises (MNEs) costs EU member states between €50-70 billion and €150-190 billion per annum through base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). This tax gap has been blamed on ‘unethical’ companies acting legally, but inappropriately. Action to curtail this behaviour has been made possible by the confluence...
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This article was published in the journal, Intelligence and National Security [© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02684527.2014.895590
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The revelations from the former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, in July 2013 will have an enduring impact on the modern business of intelligence and the communication strategies of governments and non-state based adversaries alike. Snowden’s revelations do not mark a fundamental divergence from the general understanding of inte...
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The phenomenon of Europeanization has become a topic that is constantly under debate. This critical volume examines Europeanization through examples of British defence policy, the European Security and Defence Policy, the legal arms trade and the decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. Drawing on examples from Austria and France, as well as unveilin...
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This article examines the politics of the October 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), focussing on the points of difference between the main political parties (and within the Cameron coalition government) and the political dynamics of the review process. In examining how the government's core mission to reduce the country's ‘historic...
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The British government's 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) was intended to be a fundamental review of Britain's defence and security posture. By the turn of 2011, the SDSR was being widely described as fundamentally flawed. This article examines the politics and strategic direction of the SDSR and it assesses the extent to which the...
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The article seeks to map out the decline of European defense by examining the UK as an exemplar of the trends within the decline of European defense. The US entered the Cold War in a vastly different structural position to its European allies: while America had suffered a great many losses and had itself strained its financial position during the S...
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Robert Dover and Michael Goodman analyse the complex relationship between intelligence agencies, the media and the public, arguing that it raises increasingly important questions about where journalists get their information from and how they go about reporting it. Spooks and hacks have more in common than might be obvious. Notably, say the authors...
Book
Throughout the twentieth century, especially during wartime and the Cold War, intelligence agents routinely used the media to publish and broadcast material that would deceive external enemies, thwart domestic subversion or simply to change the way readers thought about fascism or communism. Today stories are chanelled to journalists in order to pr...
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This article examines the EU’s immigration policy as it has developed towards Sub‐Saharan Africa. It argues that the securitization of this policy is counterproductive in two important ways. First, the erection of further barriers to economic migration from the south and the extra‐territorialization of this problem merely increase the transaction c...
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This article analyses the role that the UK intelligence services (particularly Secret Intelligence Service [SIS or MI6], the Defence Intelligence Staff [DIS], Government Communication Headquarters [GCHQ] and associated agencies) play in the legal UK arms trade. The article shows that intelligence has been used in support of British-based private co...
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Through the empirical lens of the EU’s Joint Actions and policies on landmines and unexploded ordinance this article seeks to draw wider conclusions about the nature and focus of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and the EU’s security identity. This research suggests that the EU has found a niche soft-security role in international affair...
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This article explores the domestic formulation of UK European defence policy 1997–2000 through the intergovernmental meetings at Pörtschach and Saint Malo which set in train the development and codification of a common European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) in 2000, through a Liberal Intergovernmentalist (LI) framework. This research leads to...
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Using the empirically driven case study of the European Union's response to the Bosnian civil war 1992–95 this article assesses the effectiveness of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), through Christopher Hill's ‘capabilities–expectations gap framework’. In assessing effectiveness it explores both the expectations placed on the EU and th...

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