Educated at the University of Oxford, UEA and at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, Professor Dr Julian Lindley-French is a leading advisor, strategist, and author with eleven published books to his name and many articles who has four advanced degrees and has held three professorial chairs (Professor of Military Art and Science and Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy, Netherlands Defence Academy and Special Professor of Strategic Studies, Leiden University).
Until 2017 Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association in Brussels, he is a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University in Washington; Senior Fellow, at the Institute for Statecraft in London; Director of Europa Analytica in the Netherlands; and a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, as well as a Visiting Programme Director at Wilton Park and Founder and Chair of The Alphen Group, a high-level strategic ‘do-tank’ https://thealphengroup.home.blog
In 2015 he was made an Honorary Member of the Association of Anciens of the NATO Defence College in Rome. He served General Sir David Richards and General Sir Nicholas Houghton on the Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Group and as Head of the Commander’s Initiative Group (CIG) for Lt. General Sir Richard Shirreff, COMARRC.
In November 2017 he co-published the The Future Tasks of the Adapted Alliance (The GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Reports), for which he was Lead Writer, with (inter alia) General John R. Allen, Admiral Giampaolo di Paola and Ambassador Sandy Vershbow. This major senior leader project considers NATO Adaptation and the future role on the Alliance in the changing strategic environment. The final report was presented to the NATO Secretary-General and can be downloaded at https://www.globsec.org/news/globsec-nato-adaptation-initiative-final-report/
His influential books and high-level reports combine policy experience and academic expertise. In early 2018 he was made a member and Senior Counsellor of the high-level US-German Loisach Group set up by the George C. Marshall Center and the Munich Security Conference. In October 2018 he received the distinct honour of giving the Trafalgar Night dinner speech to the Royal Navy on board HMS Nelson at HM Naval Base Portsmouth entitled Nelson and the Pursuit of Victory.
He is currently finishing a major book entitled Future War and the Defence of Europe for Oxford University Press with General (Ret.) John R. Allen and Lieut. General (Ret.) Frederick (Ben) Hodges. This will be his third book for Oxford University, and will be published in 2020.