Stephen Gethins

Prof. Stephen Gethins

Associated Fellow at the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS)

Professor of Practice in International Relations at School of International Relations


Address: School of International Relations, Arts Building The Scores, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Centre for Global Law and Governance
Twitter: @StephenGethins


Stephen Gethins is a Professor of Practice at the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He previously served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons in Westminster where he was the SNP spokesperson on International Affairs and Europe. Stephen also spent two terms as a member of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee and worked on a range of issues including the conflicts in Ukraine, Syria and Yemen among others issues and was the Vice-Chair of the All Party Group on Climate Change. As the SNP Europe spokesperson Stephen was also at the heart of the parliamentary debates in the aftermath of the UK vote to leave the EU co-sponsoring cross-party legislation to prevent a 'No-Deal Brexit'. Before entering Parliament Stephen worked in the EU and with the international NGO sector in the former Soviet Union and Western Balkans as well as a
Special Adviser to Scotland's First Minister on International and EU affairs as well as Energy and Climate Change. Stephen is a regular contributor to broadcast and other media in the UK and recently published his first book Nation to Nation: Scotland's Place in the World (Luath Press, 2021). 

Research Interest

International Relations 


Gethins, S.: Hidden in Plain Sight: The Importance of Scottish Foreign Policy. In: A Better Nation: The Challenges of Scottish Independence. Hassan, G. & Barrow, S. (eds.). Edinburgh: Luath Press, p. 288 - 297, 15 Apr 2022.

Gethins, S.: The Post-Afghan Reset and the Case for Rebuilding EU-UK Security Cooperation. In: Losing Afghanistan: The Fall of Kabul and the end of Western Intervention. Brivati, B. (ed.). London: Biteback, p. 303 - 313, 22 Feb 2022. 

Gethins, S.: Nation to nation: Scotland’s foreign policy footprint. Edinburgh: Luath Press. 17 March 2021.

Gethins, S.: Small arms proliferation – An opportunity for progress. In: The Caucasus: Armed and Divided – Small Arms and Light Weapons proliferation and humanitarian consequences in the Caucasus. Online: Saferworld, Apr 2003.

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