Professor Michael Clarke is a British security analyst. He was the Director General of the Royal United Services Institute from 2007 to 2015, having previously been Professor of Defence Studies at King’s College London since 1995. He remains a Visiting Professor and a Fellow of KCL and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter and Associate Director of the Strategic Studies Institute at Exeter.
Over the last 25 years he has analysed terrorism and counter-terrorism in the United Kingdom in a number of publications. He has been involved in commenting on terrorist organisations and techniques in more than a dozen criminal trials in the United Kingdom and in criminal and constitutional appeals procedures in the Republic of Ireland.
In 2015 he was the Chairman of the Independent Surveillance Review, a report undertaken at the request of the then Deputy Prime Minister as one of the precursor studies in the drafting of the Investigatory Powers Act of December 2015. He is a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Committee and since 2016 has chaired the Inquiry into drone technologies on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group.