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Oliver is a doctoral candidate in the War Studies Department at King’s College London and member of the Centre for Grand Strategy. He is a recipient of the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship “Interrogating Visions of a Post-Western World”. His research focuses on analysing the British official mind and how it has historically approached the Problem of China from 1922 until 1989. More specifically, considering who crafted British China policy, what were some of the influences on policy and whether policymakers were consciously drawing on previous British approaches. 

Oliver holds two Master’s degrees. The first degree was from Sciences Po Paris in International Security looked at Great Power competition, statecraft and economic history since 1945. The second from King’s College London in Conflict, Security and Development covered the reasons for state failure and peacebuilding. His master’s thesis looked at Britain’s experience of peacebuilding in the 1990s and whether any of this practice was applied in post-war Iraq in 2003. Before this, he gained a First-Class BA from King’s College London in International Relations.