Sir Lawrence Freedman has been Professor of War Studies at King’s College London since 1982. In 2002 he became Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at King’s College London. He has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the Cold War, as well as commentating regularly on contemporary security issues. His books include an Adelphi Paper on The Revolution in Strategic Affairs, an edited book on Strategic Coercion, an illustrated book on The Cold War, a collection of essays on British defense policy and Kennedy’s Wars that covers the major crises of the early 1960s over Berlin, Cuba and Vietnam. In addition a book on deterrence was published in 2004 and the Official History of the Falklands Campaign was published in the summer of 2005. Before joining King’s, he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995, he was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997.

The event was moderated by Professor Robert Jervis.