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Freedman, Rt Hon. Prof. Sir Lawrence (David) free

KCMG 2003; CBE 1996; PC 2009; DPhil; FBA 1995

Born 7 Dec. 1948; s of late Lt-Comdr Julius Freedman and Myra Freedman; m 1974, Judith Anne Hill (see J. A. Freedman ); one s one d

Professor of War Studies, King’s College, London, 1982–2014, now Emeritus


Whitley Bay Grammar Sch.; BAEcon Manchester; BPhil York; DPhil Oxford


Teaching Asst, York Univ., 1971–72; Research Fellow, Nuffield Coll., Oxford, 1974–75; Research Associate, IISS, 1975–76 (Mem. Council, 1984–92 and 1993–2002); Research Fellow, 1976–78, Head of Policy Studies, 1978–82, RIIA; King’s College London: Hd, Dept of War Studies, 1982–97; Hd, Sch. of Social Sci. and Public Policy, 2000–03; Vice-Principal, 2003–13. Vis. Prof., Blavatnik Sch. of Govt, Univ. of Oxford, 2015–. Mem., Iraq Inquiry, 2009–16. Hon. Dir, Centre for Defence Studies, 1990–2000. Chm., Cttee on Internat. Peace and Security, Social Science Res. Council (US), 1993–98. Trustee, Imperial War Mus., 2001–09. FKC 1992. FRSA 1991; FRHistS 2000. FAcSS (AcSS 2001). Chesney Gold Medal, RUSI, 2006; Dist. Scholar Award, Internat. Studies Assoc., 2007; George Webb Prize for Strategic Studies Leadership, Canadian Internat. Council, 2008


US Intelligence and the Soviet Strategic Threat, 1977, 2nd edn 1986; Britain and Nuclear Weapons, 1980; The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy, 1981, 2nd edn 2003; (jtly) Nuclear War & Nuclear Peace, 1983; (ed) The Troubled Alliance, 1983; The Atlas of Global Strategy, 1985; The Price of Peace, 1986; Britain and the Falklands War, 1988; (jtly) Signals of War, 1990; (ed) Population Change and European Security, 1991; (ed) Britain in the World, 1991; (jtly) The Gulf Conflict 1990–1991, 1993; War: a Reader, 1994; (ed) Military Intervention in Europe, 1994; (ed) Strategic Coercion, 1998; The Politics of British Defence, 1999; Kennedy’s Wars, 2000; The Cold War, 2001; (ed) Superterrorism, 2002; Deterrence, 2004; The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, vols I and II, 2005; A Choice of Enemies, 2008 (Lionel Gelber Prize, 2009; Duke of Westminster Prize for Military Lit., RUSI, 2009); (ed) Scripting Middle East Leaders, 2013; Strategy: a history, 2013 (W. J. M. Mackenzie Book Prize, Pol Studies Assoc., 2014)


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