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Masterclass Lawrence Freedman: The Academy and the World of Policy

  • Lawrence Freedman
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

What can academics contribute to policy making? How do policymakers use ideas generated by scientific enterprise? It has become more and more important for academics to make clear, and to justify, how our work as academics has a real-world impact. Conversely, those working in consultancy are asked to provide evidence-based policy advice. How does this work?

In this Masterclass, Prof Freedman will share his experiences of engaging with the world of policymaking. In his role of official historian of the Falkland’s War and as a committee member of the Chilcot Inquiry, investigating the decision-making leading to the Iraq War in 2003, he has extensive experience of operating in the world of politics and policymaking. Furthermore, he has advised the Labour government of Tony Blair on aspects of security policy.

In the Masterclass, three members of staff working on international relations and security affairs will brief Prof Freedman on their work. Based on an exchange and discussion, we aim to highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating in the world of policymaking. The aim of the Masterclass is to actively participate and discuss experiences. What are the experiences as an academic in the world of policy and as consultants working with academics? Do we understand each other and how can we improve the value and quality of collaboration?

This masterclass is primarily aimed at PhD-researchers and Postdocs, but all students and scholars in the field of International Relations and Policy are invited to attend. Please send an e-mail to i.duyvesteyn@hum.leidenuniv.nl

About the speaker

Sir Lawrence Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London. He was the official historian of the Falklands Campaign and a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War ('the Chilcot Inquiry'). He has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the Cold War, and comments regularly on contemporary security issues. His book, Strategy, was a Financial Times and Economist book of the year; A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature.


See also the professor Freedman's lecture on The Future of War: A History, Tuesday, March 20st.

Lawrence Freedman

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