Professor Theo Farrell
Department of War Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Office hours: By appointment only.
Areas of interest
Military innovation and transformation
Military adaptation in war
The Afghanistan war
British and US military affairs
Civilians in armed conflict
Theo Farrell is Professor of War in the Modern World in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and Chair of the British International Studies Association. He was previously Associate Editor of Security Studies and of Review of International Studies. He has authored or edited 10 books, and over 40 research papers on military affairs, security studies, and international law.
Professor Farrell’s recent work has focused on the war in Afghanistan. He has undertaken field assessments of civil-military operations in Helmand for the British government in 2009 and 2010. He was invited by the ISAF Commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, to join a strategic review of the campaign in January 2010, and in October 2010 undertook a theatre-wide assessment for the Commander of ISAF Joint Command, Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez.
Professor Farrell 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.
Theo Farrell, Sten Rynning, and Terry Terriff, Transforming Military Power since the Cold War: Britian, France and the United States, 1991-2012 (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Theo Farrell, Frans Osinga and James Russell (eds.), Military Adaptation in Afghanistan (Stanford University Press, 2013).
For a full list of publications and further details please download Professor Farrell's full CV here
Current PhD supervision
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.’
Tim Stevens, ‘The Social Construction of Cybersecurity.’
Olivier Schmitt, ‘Standing, Power and War: French and British Participation in Military Coalitions.’
Martin Bayly, ‘Imagining Afghanistan: British Foreign Policy and the Afghan State, 1831-1893.’
Sara Fazlali, ‘Organizational Collaboration and the Comprehensive Approach.’