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Dr. Rod Thornton

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Dr. Rod Thornton lectures at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom (UK). He previously spent 9 years in a British Army infantry regiment, including 3 years in Northern Ireland and 1 year as a Serbo-Croat interpreter in Bosnia (1992-93). He has lived and worked in both Moscow and Sarajevo. Dr. Thornton taught for 5 years at the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College (working for King’s College London), which included guest lecturing at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. He is the author of Asymmetric Warfare: Threat and Response in the 21st Century (2007) and is currently working on a book (with Dr. Bettina Renz) on Russian military modernization. Dr. Thornton holds a Ph.D. focusing on comparative peacekeeping operations.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Rod Thornton

  • Organizational Change in the Russian Airborne Forces: The Lessons of the Georgian Conflict

    December 23, 2011

    Authored by Dr. Rod Thornton.
    Russia’s best troops are to be found in the Airborne Forces. These were the only Russian troops to emerge with their reputation intact after the conflict with Georgia in 2008. They can represent a formidable foe. This monograph examines the current state of the Airborne Forces and why they might be seen as "formidable."

  • Military Modernization and the Russian Ground Forces

    June 15, 2011

    Authored by Dr. Rod Thornton.
    Russia’s political leaders are currently pushing a state- and society-wide process of modernization. How will the deeply conservative Russian military accept and implement those proposed changes?