Associate Fellow, International Security
Philip Wilkinson
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Philip Wilkinson served in the British Army for 31 years and has had counter-insurgency experience in the Far East, Middle East and Northern Ireland. He is the author of UK, NATO and AU Peace Support Operations doctrine manuals.

After leaving the British Army in 1999, Philip became a senior research fellow at Kings College, London for 4 years. In 2011-12 he worked in Palestine where he helped establish a senior leaders course for civil servants and senior officers from the security forces. He has worked as a strategic security adviser in the conduct of comprehensive national security reviews in Bosnia with the tri-presidency, in Rwanda with President Kagame, in Sri Lanka with the defence minister, in Palestine with the minister for security, with the national security adviser in Kabul for 2 years, and with the national security adviser in Baghdad for 3 years. He is currently employed as the strategic security adviser to the president of Somalia.

Philip was made an MBE for service in Northern Ireland and an OBE for the development of PSO doctrine. 


  • Conduct of national threat assessments, national security reviews and development of national security policies
  • Nation building
  • PSO, COIN, counter-terrorism and military doctrine


2013-Member of SCID panel of experts at Leicester University
2005-Associate Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House
2002 -Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences
2000-03Senior Research Fellow, CDS, Kings College, London
1967-99Military command and staff to colonel level


Broadcast experience


  • Minimal Investments, Minimal Results: The Failure of Security Policy in Afghanistan, Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit policy paper, June 2004
  • Conflict in Iraq, edited by Dr Paul Cornish, published by the Centre for Defence Studies at Kings College, London, November 2004
  • New Wine in Old Bottles or Genuine Paradigm Shift - The History of Security Sector Reform, Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, Quarterly Publication 2004
  • Chapter 5 in 'Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution' edited by Tom Woodhouse and Oliver Ramsbotham, London, 2000
  • Joint Warfare Publication 3-50 (JWP 3-50) Peace Support Operations, issued by the Chief of Joint Operations, Permanent Joint Headquarters, as directed by the Chiefs of Staff, 1998