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Lawrence Freedman      

Professor of War Studies at King's College London; Former Foreign Policy Adviser to Tony Blair; Author of Strategy: A Class War

Sir Lawrence Freedman has been Professor of War Studies at King's College London since 1982. He became head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King's in 2000 and was appointed Vice-Principal in 2003.

He was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School and the Universities of Manchester, York and Oxford. Before joining King's he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, IISS and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and awarded the CBE in 1996, he was awarded the KCMG in 2003. He became a Privy Counsellor on being appointed in June 2009 to serve as a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War.

Professor Freedman has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the cold war, as well as commentating regularly on contemporary security issues. Among his books are Kennedy's Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam (2000), The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (3rd edition 2004), Deterrence (2005), the two volume Official History of the Falklands Campaign (second edition 2007) and an Adelphi Paper on The Transformation in Strategic Affairs (2004). A Choice of Enemies: America confronts the Middle East, won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature. His most recent book is Strategy: A History (2013).

In October 2013, he published "Strategy: A History," an overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David's use of deception against Goliath, to the modern use of game theory in economics.

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Sir Lawrence Freedman's aim in his magisterial new book, “Strategy: A History”, is to find a workable definition of what strategy is and to show how it has evolved  ...

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