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Dr John Stone

Senior Lecturer in War Studies 

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Department of War Studies

School of Security Studies

King's College London


London WC2R 2LS




Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2740
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2026
Office hours: By appointment only


I’m a Senior Lecturer in War Studies, having joined the Department in 1997. I’m principally interested in the history and theory of military strategy, which I both teach and write about. I’m the director of the MA programme in War Studies and run its core module, Theory and Practice of War. My current research is focused on the role of political judgement in strategy. I’ve also been writing about problems of logic in Clausewitz’s theory of war, and about the strategic thought of George Orwell. My book, Military Strategy: The Politics and Technique of War, is used in military academies around the world.

Before joining War Studies I was a postgraduate student in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where I gained an MSc and PhD in Strategic Studies. Prior to that I gained a BSc in Psychology at the University of York.

Some Recent Publications

‘Beyond Clausewitz: Better Ways of Thinking Strategically’, Comparative Strategy 37/1 (2018), forthcoming

‘George Orwell on Politics and War’, Review of International Studies 43/2 (2016): 221-39

‘A Proxemic Account of Bayonet Fighting’, The Journal of Strategic Studies 39/7 (2016): 1023-43

Military Strategy: The Politics and Technique of War (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)


I enjoy teaching and believe it’s the key way in which many academics make a difference in the world. I teach the MA War Studies core course, Theory and Practice of War, and I also offer undergraduate options in military strategy.

PhD Supervision

I’m willing to consider projects related to the area of military strategy, broadly construed. My current research students are busy on a range of topics, including: the British Army’s response to IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civil war in Afghanistan during the 1990s.

Some of my previous research students have examined: British military doctrine prior to the First World War; digitization in the US Army; rifle design and procurement for the British Army; and developments in Israeli military doctrine.  

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