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John Freeman

Dr John Freeman CMG

Visiting Professor

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • Security

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In his career as a British diplomat and international civil servant John Freeman served variously as Ambassador to the UN in Vienna, as Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control and Leader of the UK Delegation to the CD in Geneva, as Minister at the UK Delegation to NATO and as Deputy Director General of the OPCW in The Hague.


Research in the Centre for Science & Security focused on current challenges to multilateral and regional arms control – especially the nuclear dimension – and on the impact of the Ukraine conflict on NATO and neutrality.


Past publications on arms control in the context of the CWC and OSCE and the nuclear relationship between the US and UK. Currently engaged also in writing a biography of Lord Penney the key player in the development of the UK’s nuclear deterrent.