< Retour
Portrait de jburton


Marie Curie (MSCA-IF) Research Fellow (REPI)
Adresse de contact

Institut d'études européennes (bureau R41.4.103)
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 39
1050 Bruxelles


Mailing address
Université libre de Bruxelles
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 50 - CP 172/01
1050 Bruxelles

T: +32 492 820567


Membre de

  • Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences sociales
  • Département de Science politique
  • Assistants - Corps scientifique
  • Chercheurs
  • REPI
  • Assistants - Corps scientifique
  • Chercheurs


I am currently a Marie Curie fellow (MSCA-IF) at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) completing a two-year European Commission-funded project on Strategic Cultures of Cyber Warfare (CYBERCULT).  I hold a Doctorate in International Relations and a Master of International Studies degree from the University of Otago and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.  I am recipient of the US Department of State SUSI Fellowship, the Taiwan Fellowship, and have been visiting researcher at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Tallinn, Estonia.  I am the author of NATO's Durability in a Post-Cold War World (SUNY Press, 2018) and my work has been published in Asian Security, Defence Studies, Political Science and with a variety of other leading academic publishers.

My research is focused on regional responses to transnational security challenges, most notably cyber security (especially political, human and cognitive factors), and with a focus on the Euro Atlantic and Asia Pacific regions. My doctoral research analysed NATO’s durability in the post-Cold War era and how the alliance was able to adapt to a globalising security environment. I have strong interdisciplinary research experience, including working with psychologists, behavioural scientists, statisticians, and computer scientists on security issues, including cyber security, Artificial Intelligence, maritime security, non-proliferation, regional collective security, information warfare and hybrid threats. I offer a variety of courses in Cyber Security, Strategic Studies and Security Studies and have extensive experience of professional and executive education in the military, defence and government sectors (e.g. NATO CCDCOE - Executive Cyber Seminar, New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College – NZDF CSC, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam - DAV). 

Travaux sélectionnés


  • Steff, R., Burton, J., and Soare, S. R. (eds.), Machines the State and War: Emerging Technologies and International Security (Routledge, forthcoming 2019/20).
  • Burton, J. (2018). NATO’s Durability in a Post-Cold War World, SUNY Press: New York.
  • Headley, J., Reitzig, A., & Burton, J. eds. (2012). More Power to the People? Public Participation in Foreign Policy, Palgrave Macmillan.

Peer reviewed journal articles

  • Burton, J. (2018). NATO’s “Global Partners” in Asia: Shifting Strategic Narratives, Asian Security, 14:1, 8-23, DOI: 10.1080/14799855.2017.1361728
  • Chaban, N., Bacon, P., Burton, J., & Vernygora, V. (2018). NATO Global Perceptions: Views from the Asia-Pacific Region, Asian Security, 14:1, 1-7, DOI: 10.1080/14799855.2017.1361726
  • Wellings, B., Kelly, S., Wilson, B., Burton J., & Holland M., (2018). Narrative Alignment and Misalignment: NATO as a Global Actor as Seen from Australia and New Zealand, Asian Security, 14:1, 24-37, DOI: 10.1080/14799855.2017.1361731
  • Bacon, P., & Burton, J., (2018). NATO-Japan Relations: Projecting Strategic Narratives of “Natural Partnership” and Cooperative Security, Asian Security, 14:1, 38-50, DOI: 10.1080/14799855.2017.1361730
  • Yoon, S., Jamiyandagva, A., Vernygora, V., Burton, J., Luguusharav, B., & Dorjraa, M., (2018). Views on NATO from Mongolia and the Republic of Korea: Hedging Strategy, and “Perfunctory Partnership”?, Asian Security, 14:1, 51-65, DOI: 10.1080/14799855.2017.1361733
  • Burton, J. (2015). NATO’s Cyber Defence: Strategic Challenges and Institutional Adaptation. Defence Studies, 15(4), 297-319. doi:10.1080/14702436.2015.1108108
  • Burton, J. (2013). Small States and Cyber Security: The case of New Zealand. Political Science, 65(2), 216-238. doi:10.1177/0032318713508491

Book chapters

  • Burton J. (2019). “Small States and International Organisations: New Zealand’s Diversifying International Engagement”, in Brady, Anne-Marie (ed.) Small States and the New Security Environment (forthcoming Springer, 2019).
  • Burton J. and Soare, S. R. (2019).  “Understanding the Strategic Implications of the Weaponization of Artificial Intelligence”, in Alatu, S. (ed.) 11th International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon XI: Silent Battle, (forthcoming, NATO CCD COE Publications)
  • Burton J. (2018). “Cyber Security Norms in the Euro-Atlantic Region: NATO and the EU as Norm Entrepreneurs and Norm Diffusers”, in A. Gruszczak and P. Frankowski (eds.), Technology, Ethics and the Protocols of Modern War. London: Routledge.
  • Burton J. (2017), “Recalibration, Rapprochement and Resocialization: US-New Zealand Relations and the Obama Administration’s ‘Pivot’ to Asia,” in Robert Patman and Iati Iati (eds.), New Zealand and the World: Past, Present and Future.  Singapore: World Scientific.

Other publications

Burton J. (2019). “Four Lessons We Must Take Away Frome the Christchurch Attacks”, The Conversation, available:

Burton, J. (2018). “Cyber Deterrence: A Comprehensive Approach?” NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), available:

Burton J. (2018). “Hacking your holiday: how cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the tourism market”, The Conversation, available at:

Burton J. (2017). “The US election hack, fake news, data theft: the cyber security lessons from 2017”, The Conversation. Available at:

Burton, J. (2017).  “Cyberspace aggression adds to North Korea’s threat to global security”, The Conversation. Available at:

Burton, J. and Ko, R. (2017). “Ransomware attack needs global solution”, May 22, 2017

Burton, J. (2017) Policy Brief: “New Zealand’s Agenda at the UN and other International Organisations: International Governance of Cyberspace”, SSANSE Project: Small states and the changing global order: New Zealand faces the future, available:

Burton J. (2016), “Cyber Attacks and Maritime Situational Awareness: Evidence from Japan and Taiwan”, Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (CyberSA), available:

Burton, J. (2016), Review of Valeriano, Brandon, Maness, Ryan C., Cyber War versus Cyber Realities: Cyber Conflict in the International System, available:

Burton, J. (2015).  Commissioned report for Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on ‘Cyber Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific’.

Burton, J. (2015) “Cyber Warfare: Through Enemy Lines”, NZ Listener (cover story), November 2015, available online:  

Burton, J., (2015) “Role Call: New Zealand and NATO”, NZ Listener, March 2015, available online:   

Burton J., (2015) “Blog: US Embassy New Zealand: My SUSI experience: Grand Strategy on the Hudson”, available:

Burton J., (2015) “Blog: Cyber warfare – a new strategic reality”, May 13th, 2015 Public Talks series commemorating World War One:

Burton, J, (2013) “Cyber Security: The Strategic Challenge and New Zealand's Response”, New Zealand International Review, Volume 38, Issue 3, 2013, 5-8.

Burton, J, (2013) “Cyberspaces and Global Affairs” (Book Review), New Zealand International Review, Volume 38, Issue 3, 2013, p. 29. 

Burton, J. (2012). “NATO after the Cold War: Explaining the Durability of the Atlantic Alliance in a New Global Context”, PhD thesis, University of Otago.

Voir toutes les publications