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Conversations with Strategy Featuring Sam Selvadurai on Working in UK Foreign Policy - 3 June 2021

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Discussant: Dr Natasha Kuhrt, Lecturer in international peace and security , Department of War Studies

Speaker: Dr Sam Selvadurai, Civil Servant working in UK foreign policy


Dr Sam Selvadurai came to King’s to do his MA part time in 2010, after 17 years in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and continued to do his PhD part time from 2013, completing it in 2020. He will discuss how both his government work and academic research benefitted by returning to academia in mid-career and part time while continuing to work in foreign policy. 

'Conversations with Strategy' is an events series offering all War Studies students a unique opportunity to gain insights from some of our most prestigious visiting fellows. From former diplomats to intelligence analysts, journalists, civil servants and policymakers, visiting fellows will discuss their career journey, key tips, advice for success in their chosen profession and the lessons they’ve learned, and offer insights into contemporary strategic challenges.

This will be followed by a Q & A and conversation with students.



Dr Sam Selvadurai joined the Department of War Studies as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in January 2021. He holds a PhD in War Studies and an MA in International Peace and Security from the Department of War Studies at King's College London. He also holds a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Warwick. He is a member of the War Crimes Research Group at King’s.

Sam is by profession a civil servant who has worked in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office since 1993. He has worked on Counter Proliferation, Counter Terrorism, Human Rights, Defence and International Security Policy, and Europe policy, has served on postings to the UK Delegation to NATO in Brussels and the British Embassy in Moscow, and has been seconded to the Home Office in London. He has contributed to a number of government publications, including the FCO’s Annual Human Rights Reports of 1999 and 2000, and the UK Government’s 2015 National Security Strategy.




This event is part of the 'Conversations with Strategy' seminar series, that will offer students a unique opportunity to gain insights from the Department's distinguished visiting fellows.

Please register via Zoom, once registered attendees will receive an email confirming the joining details.

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3 June 2021

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