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Educational background

BSc SocSci (Hons), PGCert, PGDip, MSc SocSci, PhD

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Dr Bentley is Reader in International Relations and Director of the Royal Holloway Centre for International Security (RHISC).

Her research has been published in key journals, including Contemporary Security PolicyInternational Affairs, International Political Sociology, Review of International Studies, and Security Studies. She has written three sole-authored books: The Biological Weapons Taboo (Oxford University Press, 2023), Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden (Manchester University Press, 2016), and Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy: The Strategic Use of a Concept (Routledge, 2014). She has also co-published two edited volumes on the Obama administration and continuity in US foreign policy as well as a further volume on the Trump presidency. She is currently writing a new book on political hypocrisy.

Research interests

Weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological, and chemical); taboos; US foreign policy; political rhetoric; terrorism and counter-radicalisation



PR2550 War and Security in World Politics (module convenor)

PR3620 US Foreign Policy (module convenor)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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