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News from our alumni

Former Phd Student appiontment at Georgetown University

Robert Egnell, a fromer PhD student in the Department was recently appointed Visiting Professor and Director of Teaching at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. The appointment involves teaching responsibilities in the masters-level Security Studies Program, and the role as Director of Teaching involves the responsibility for the oversight of two core courses on the program, the biannual comprehensive exams, as well as the quality of the approximately 70 adjunct professors that teach specific elective courses on the program.

HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

RometLouise Romet, who graduated in 2009 from the MA in International Peace and Security has secured a post as a strategic analyst at HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) located in Norfolk (Virginia, USA), within the Strategic Plans and Policy (SPP) division, within the Strategic Analysis (SA) Branch. The SPP division articulates policies to direct NATO’s transformation, supports the development of strategic level concepts.

New Book: Military Leadership &  Counterinsurgency

Victoria Nolan, who was awarded her PhD from the Department in 2009 has published,'Military Leadeship and Counterinsurgency: The British Army and Small War Strategy since World War II"(I. B. Tauris). Dr Nolan D was awarded her BA and MA degree from the DCMT( formerly the Royal Military College of Science) and now works at the University of Essex.

Alumni elected as new Members of Parliament.

PritamSinghedited-1Two King’s alumni have recently been elected as new Members of Parliament in Singapore:

Pritam Singh (pictured), MA War Studies 2004. He is in the opposition Workers Party. The ruling People's Action Party (PAP), which has governed Singapore for 51 years and currently holds all but two of the 84 seats in parliament, is bracing itself for stiff opposition in the polls when the Singapore national election is held on May 7th.  Chuan-Jin Tan, MA Defence Studies 1999 is a retired soldier and former Chief of the TRADOC, Singapore Army, and currently aa Member of Parliament-elect for Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency.

Reporter for France24

 ClovisnewClovis Casali  who graduated in 2003 with an MA in War Studies & History 2003 is a reporter for France24 television and has recently returned from Libya. He was interviwed recently with former French diplomat Patrick Haimzadeh about  the NATO airstrikes in Libya. Watch the clip



Internship at the Swiss Embassy in Washington

Benedict Zuend who completed an MA in War Studies in the academic year 2009/2010 is one of 4 successful candidates selected by the Swiss Embassy for a 6 month internship within the Office of the Defence Attaché. The position involves following security policy issues, attending think tank events and delivering written reports. The War Studies programme gives students the perfect opportunity to interact and discuss current issues with other international students during the seminars.  The Embassy found Benedict to be an ideal candidate due to his course of study.

Book Reviews

Angela Saini, who completed the MA in Science and Security in 2006-07 has just published

Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World

(London: Hodder & Stoughton)

Read the reviews from The Guardian and New Scientist

Angela is a science journalist who reports for the BBC, New Scientist, Wired and the Economist. She was named European Young Science Writer of the Year in 2009.

Joshua Alexander Geltzer, a former PhD student in the Department of War Studies, had his book, U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View, reviewed in the Terrorism and Political Violence Journal. Joshua's book is published by Routledge.


Jordan's Prime Minister, War Studies alumnus

MaroufBakhit  Jordan’s new cabinet was sworn in onthe 11 February 2011. The Prime Minister, Dr. Marouf Suleiman al-Bakhit,  has a PhD in War Studies from King's College London in 1990.  Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit  has a bachelor's degree from Jordan University and an MA in political science and public administration from the University of California. In 2002, he served as Ambassador and was a member of the Rapporteur of the Steering Committee of the peace process in the Middle East. He was also Vice President of the University of Mutah for Military Affairs, Director of Development Studies, Director of Procurement and Director of Personnel in the General Command of the Armed Forces of Jordan.


MBE awarded

BieberRobertRobert Bieber who graduated in 2010 with an MA in War Studies has been awarded an MBE for ‘services to the voluntary sector’  Robert is Deputy Chairman of Combat Stress, Honorary Secretary of the Royal London Society, a charity supporting serving prisoners, a trustee of the Thomas Heatherley School of Fine Art and has a long association with World ORT, an international vocational training charity. He continues as a Visiting Research Fellow further researching mental health issues in the military.

Doctoral student publishes thesis

NigeriabookDr Olukunle Ojeleye from Osun State University, Osogbo in Nigeria who completed his PhD in the Department has had his thesis published by Ashgate. The book, entitled, 'The Politics of Post-War Demobilisation and Reintegration in Nigeria'  was published  in September 2010. For more information go to


Demos report: The Power of Unreason

 A Demos report, The Power of Unreason, was released on 29 July by former MA student, Carl Miller. The paper analyses over 50 extremist groups from the UK, US and Europe, and argues that conspiracy theories are in fact a serious problem facing the West, fuels extremist ideologies, the process of radicalization, and needs to be tackled.


Book: 'Magic and Warfare'

 Nathalie Wlodarczyk, a former PhD student under the supervision of Professor Frost spoke at The Travel Bookshop about her recent book ' Magic and Warfare' on  She disscused the use of magic in warfare and how it can be understood within an African political and social context. Nathalie is Deputy Director of Global Forecasting at Exclusive Analysis, where she is responsible for all analysis views and forecasts on war, terrorism and civil unrest.


Open Source Intelligence student secures IPSC traineeship

Paul Gabriel has been given a traineeship at the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), one of the seven institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The Open Source Intelligence: Theory, Collection & Analysis module helped Paul to secure his traineeship. King's is the only university that the IPSC works with to offer such a module.



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