Dr Aviva Guttmann

Lecturer in Strategy and Intelligence

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Department of International Politics


Dr Aviva Guttmann is Lecturer in Strategy and Intelligence. Before joining Aberystwyth, she was a Research Associate at King’s College London (KCL) in King’s Intelligence and Security Group and a Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow at the Center for War Studies at Southern Denmark University (Project: LINSEC). Aviva is the founder and chair of the Women’s Intelligence Network (WIN), which connects and promotes women scholars and practitioners in the field of intelligence studies. Her research focuses on the international relations of intelligence agencies, covert action, and counterterrorism in Europe and the Middle East during and after the Cold War. She has published a monograph on The Origins of International Counterterrorism (2018), co-edited a book on Estimative Intelligence in European Foreign Policymaking, and contributed seven articles in three languages to refereed academic journals of history, intelligence, international, strategic, and terrorism studies. She is teaching on topics of intelligence, strategy, and international security.

Research interests

Aviva’s research foci include:

  • International relations of intelligence agencies,
  • clandestine diplomacy,
  • covert action,
  • the ethics of targeted killings,
  • strategic surprise,
  • terrorism and counterterrorism,
  • EU security integration,
  • the Global Cold War


Aviva teaches in intelligence and security studies, cyber intelligence, international history, diplomacy, and IR.

In the academic year 2022/23, Aviva will be available without appointment to discuss matters with students during the following hours each week: Tuesdays 14:30-15:30 (in her office) and Thursdays 13:30-14:30 (via Teams). If you are unable to attend during these hours, please email to arrange a suitable meeting time.


In the academic year 2022/23, Aviva is International Officer - helping Aberystwyth students interested in going on an exchange abroad, supporting incoming exchange students, and coordinating with the Global Opportunities team.