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Prof Andrew Stewart

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In January 2020 Professor Andrew Stewart started his new role in Canberra as Principal MDSP (Military and Defence Studies Program) and Professor of War Studies dividing his time between the Australian War College and the university’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

A student at King’s College London from 1991 to 2001, where he completed his undergraduate degree and doctorate within the Department of War Studies, in 2003 he joined the university’s Defence Studies Department. His subsequent roles included Assistant Dean of Academic Studies and lead historian supporting the British military’s senior warfighting course. From 2014 to 2017 he was seconded as the Director of Academic Studies at the Royal College of Defence Studies acting as adviser to the three-star civilian commandant. In 2018 the title of Professor of Modern Conflict History was conferred upon him.

He is a modern historian who has authored more than thirty books, co-edited books, book chapters and peer-reviewed and magazine articles. This includes 'The First Victory: The Second World War and the East Africa Campaign' which was runner-up for the Society for Army Historical Research’s prestigious Templer Medal. The Founding Director of the Second World War Research Group, he remains a Trustee for the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives.

Having previously been the managing director of a geopolitical risk consultancy, during which time he advised a Lloyds syndicate on global terrorism, and a ‘Senior Conflict and Stabilisation Adviser’ within the Stabilisation Unit (a specialist UK government body working with fragile and post-conflict states), he retains an interest in contemporary security matters and international defence engagement. He has collaborated extensively with the British Army and Ministry of Defence supporting programmes across the Sub-Saharan Africa region, most recently from 2018-2019 delivering an eighteen-month package in Nigeria. He has also led projects in the Baltic and Balkan regions and has lectured in the Gulf states. His final role at King’s was to undertake a review of global Executive Education trends mapping how to make better use of faculty knowledge and skills.

He is married to Joanne, who is a Senior Civil Servant working for the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

Research interests

  • War and Conflict
  • The Second World War
  • British History during the Twentieth Century (Imperial, Military and Diplomatic)
  • Professional Military Education
  • Contemporary Security Issues in the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa



Researcher's projects

He is currently working on his next book which will be released in 2021 and examines civil-military relations and the volatile relationship between Winston Churchill and General Archie Wavell during the 1940-1941 Middle East campaign. He is also co-authoring (with Professor Ashley Jackson) a book examining the impact of the end of the Second World War on the British Empire.

Expertise Areas

  • British History
  • Historical Studies not elsewhere classified


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