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International award for King's VP

07 Mar 2007

Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice-Principal (Research) and Professor of War Studies at King's was presented with the International Security Studies Section Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association (ISA) at a reception in his honour in the United States.

Professor Freedman is the first non-US scholar to receive the award from the international scholarly community for his contributions to the study of security. In presenting the award at the ISA 48th annual convention in Chicago, Illinois, International Security Studies Section Vice President, Professor Jay Parker, Georgetown University, said: ‘In presenting this award to Sir Lawrence Freedman, we honour a colleague who is widely admired for his enormous contribution to scholarship, teaching, and public service in the field of security studies.'

Professor Freedman comments: ‘I feel flattered to receive this award. I believe it is a refection of the Department of War Studies' achievements over the past few decades.'

Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University, in nominating Professor Freedman, said of his contribution to scholarship: ‘What is particularly impressive in all his work is Freedman's unusual ability to combine theoretical analysis with the study of particular cases. The theoretical analyses are enriched by his knowledge of the empirical material; the case studies are more rigorous and go deeper because of his theoretical acuity. Freedman then is a major international figure and resource.'

Eliot Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of International Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University adds, ‘Sir Lawrence Freedman has the qualities that all scholars should aspire to: generosity with time and attention to students and new members of the scholarly guild; a courtesy and respect for the opinions of others that does not diminish the force with which he advances his views in scholarly or policy debate; a conviviality and collegial good humour that makes one seek out his company as well as his views.'

Previous winners include Professor Richard Betts, Columbia University, Professor Robert Art, Brandeis University, and Professor John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago.

Theo Farrell, Professor of War in the Modern World, outlined Professor Freedman's achievements at King's in a presentation to the ISSS panel. Professor Freedman has been Professor of War Studies since 1982 and is Vice-Principal (Research), having previously been Head of the School of Social Science & Public Policy.

Professor Freedman has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the cold war, as well as commentating regularly on contemporary security issues. His most recent books include the award-winning Kennedy's Wars that covers the major crises of the early 1960s over Berlin, Cuba and Vietnam, Deterrence, and the Official History of the Falklands Campaign which was published in the summer of 2005. His most recent publication was an Adelphi Paper entitled The Transformation in Strategic Affairs.

Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and awarded the CBE in 1996, he was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997. He was awarded the KCMG in 2003

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