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Professor Theo Farrell

Head of Department 

farrell2015Department of War Studies
Room K7.17.
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS

Office hours: By appointment only.








I am the Head of the Department of War Studies, Professor of War in the Modern World and Chair of the British International Studies Association. I was previously Associate Editor of Security Studies and of Review of International Studies. I have authored or edited 10 books, and over 40 research papers on military affairs, security studies, and international law.

My current research focuses on the war in Afghanistan. I undertook field assessments of operations in Helmand for the British government in 2009 and 2010. I have served on strategic assessment teams for two Commanders of ISAF (Gen. Stanley McChrystal in 2010 and Gen. Joseph Dunford in 2013), and I undertook the first theatre-wide command assessment for the Commander of ISAF Joint Command (Lt. Gen. David Rodriquez in 2010). 

I recently completed a three-year Global Uncertainties Fellowship (2009-2012) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and focused on examining the British and ISAF campaign in the Afghanistan. For more details please see my CV here

Research Interests

My research interests cover:

  • Military innovation and transformation
  • Military adaptation in war
  • The Afghanistan war
  • British and US military affairs
  • Civilians in armed conflict

For a full list of publications please refer to the Research Portal

PhD Supervsion

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Frank Hoffman, ‘Organisational Adaptation in War.’
  • Kathleen McInnis, ‘The Dynamics of Coalition Collapse: ISAF in Southern Afghanistan.’
  • Ben Connable, ‘Military Culture and Adaptation in War: US Marine Corps.’
  • Richard Bennet, ‘US Military Assistance and Local Security Forces.’
  • Mark Beautement: ‘Ripe for Peace? Local Agreements and Conflict Termination.’
  • Olivier Schmitt, ‘Standing, Power and War: French and British Participation in Military Coalitions.’
  • Sara Fazlali, ‘Organizational Collaboration and the Comprehensive Approach.’
  • Kent DeBenedicitis,‘How Militaries Deal with Defeat.’
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