Dr Tony Craig

Associate Professor

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

Dr Tony Craig completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2009 and was Irish Government Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford (2009-10). While his research primarily focuses on the contemporary security history of Britain and Ireland, this is currently being extended into studies of political intelligence during both the Northern Ireland Troubles and throughout Britain’s end of empire.

Professional memberships and activities

Political Studies Association of Ireland

Academic qualifications

PgCHPE, Staffordshire, 2013.
PhD., Cambridge, 2009
MPhil., Cambridge, 2006
BA, Trinity College, Dublin


  • Northern Ireland
  • Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Archive Research
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Decolonisation

Research interests

Northern Ireland
Irish Foreign Policy
British Foreign Policy
Intelligence History
Security Studies


Advanced Historical Practice: The First World War
Intelligence and International Relations (MA)
Ireland since the Act of Union 1800-present
History of the USA 1776-1941.
Britain and the End of Empire, 1919-1997
Governments, Intelligence Agencies and the Twentieth Century World


  • Craig, T 2018, Review of Remembering the Troubles: Contesting the recent past in Northern Ireland. Edited by Jim Smyth. Pp 218. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. 2017. $40. Irish Historical Studies, 42(161), 205-206. doi:10.1017/ihs.2018.26

  • Craig, Tony. 2018. “‘You will be responsible to the GOC’. Stovepiping and the problem of divergent intelligence gathering networks in Northern Ireland, 1969–1975” Intelligence and National Security, 33:2, 211-226, DOI:10.1080/02684527.2017.1349036

  • Craig, T 2017, Stan Orme and the Road to ‘Industrial Democracy’: British attempts at the Politicisation of Working Class Protestants in Northern Ireland 1973-1975 in D McCann, D & C McGrattan (eds) Sunningdale and the Struggle for Democracy in Northern Ireland. Manchester University Press, Manchester.

  • Craig, T ‘What Brexit negotiators discussing Northern Ireland today can learn from Anglo-Irish relations in 1973’ in The Conversation 10 November 2017

  • Craig, T. ‘Brexit, the British Irish Council and the future of Anglo-Irish diplomacy’ in FourNations History, 20 November 2017

  • Craig, T 2017, Review of McCleery, M 2015, ‘Operation Demetrius and its Aftermath: A new History of the use of internment without trial in Northern Ireland 1971-75' Terrorism and Political Violence, DOI 10.1080/09546553.2017.1377565

  • Craig, T 2017 Review of Edwards, A. ‘War: a beginner’s guide’, Defence Studies, 17:4, 398-399. DOI: 10.1080/14702436.2017.1352444

  • Craig, T 2015, Review of Patterson, H 2014, ‘Ireland’s Violent Frontier: The Border and Anglo-Irish Relations During the Troubles’, Journal of Border Studies vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 561-562. DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2015.1101706

  • Craig, T 2015, ‘From countersubversion to counter-insurgency – comparing MI5’s role in British Guiana, Aden and the Northern Ireland civil rights crisis’ Journal of Intelligence History 14:1 (2015). (DOI: 10.1080/16161262.2014.970365)

  • Craig, T 2014, ‘Monitoring the Peace? : Northern Ireland’s 1975 ceasefire incident centres and the politicisation of Sinn Féin.’ Terrorism and Political Violence 26:2(2014); 307-319 (DOI:10.1080/09546553.2012.711395).

  • Craig, T 2013,, ‘State Stability – Northern Ireland’ in Jane’sIntelligence Review (February 2013).

  • Craig, T 2013, ‘Laneside, then left a bit? Britain’s Secret Political Talks with Loyalist Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland, 1973-1976’ Irish Political Studies 29:2 (2014); 298-317 (DOI:10.1080/07907184.2012.732952).

  • Craig, T 2012, Review of Prince, S and Warner, G 2012, ‘Belfast and Derry in Revolt: a new history of the start of the Troubles (Dublin: IAP, 2012) in Irish Historical Studies (November 2012).

  • Tony Craig, ‘From Backdoors and Back Lanes to Backchannels: Reappraising British Talks with the Provisional IRA, 1970-1974’ Contemporary British History 26:1 (2012); 97-117.

  • Craig, T 2010, ‘Sabotage! The origins, development and impact of the IRA’s infrastructural bombing campaigns 1939-1997’ Intelligence and National Security, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 309-326. DOI: 10.1080/02684527.2010.489781

  • Book: Craig, A 2010, Crisis of Confidence: Anglo-Irish Relations in the Early Troubles, Irish Academic Press, Dublin (IRL)

External profiles

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021