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Philip Sabin

Professor Philip Sabin

Professor of Strategic 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 2202

Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2026


My office hours in Terms 1 and 2 are normally from 11.00 to 12.00 on Tuesdays and from 12.00 to 13.00 on Thursdays.  In Term 3 and in Vacations, please e-mail for an appointment.



I studied History and Natural Sciences at Queens’ College Cambridge, and did my PhD in the War Studies Department.

I held research fellowships at Harvard University and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. I played a leading role in establishing King's academic partnerships with the Joint Services Command and Staff College and the Royal College of Defence Studies, as well as chairing the University of London's Military Education Committee.

Research interests

My areas of interest cover:

  • Conflict simulation 
  • Air power
  • Ancient Warfare
  • World War Two

I have written or edited 15 books and monographs and several dozen articles and chapters on a wide range of military topics. My recent publications include:

Visit the Research Portal for more details 


I teach and convene the following modules:


  • 5SSW2005 World War Two in Europe
  • 6SSW2029 Warfare in the Ancient World


  • 7SSWM144 Conflict Simulation
PhD Supervision

I regret that I am unable to accept new PhD students'.

Expertise and Public Engagement

My past research interests have included British defence planning and public opinion about defence, but my main focus now is on the analytical modelling of warfare as a dynamic strategic and tactical contest. I have used this analytical approach to study two areas in particular – the air power contests of the 20th century, and the great land battles of the ancient world.

You can find more details about  my research on the web pages devoted to two major recent books on Lost Battles and on Simulating War. I am a consultant in this area for the UK Ministry of Defence, and I co-organise the annual Connections UK conference for wargames professionals from around the world, as detailed here. I was recently contracted by the British Army's new Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research to design a Camberley Kriegsspiel with which officers may practise battlegroup tactics.

The highly innovative use of simulation and gaming techniques for the modelling of past conflicts extends also to my teaching, especially in the MA option which is detailed further on the Conflict Simulation page.

I am a long-standing member of the Chief of the Air Staff's Air Power Workshop, appear regularly on radio and television, and have lectured throughout Europe and North America as well as further afield in countries ranging from Japan and Korea to Chile.

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