Sir Hew Strachan, FRSE, Hon. D. Univ (Paisley) has been Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews since 2015.
He is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he taught from 1975 to 1992, before becoming Professor of Modern History at Glasgow University from 1992 to 2001. He was Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford and from 2002 to 2015 a Fellow of All Souls College (where he is now an Emeritus Fellow), and Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War (2003-2012).
He serves on the Strategic Advisory Panel of the Chief of the Defence Staff and on the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board, as well as being a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum, a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, and member of the national committees for the centenary of the First World War of the United Kingdom, Scotland and France. In 2010 he chaired a task force on the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant for the Prime Minister. In 2011 he was the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies at the University of Cambridge and became a specialist adviser to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. He is a Brigadier in the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers).
In December 2012, Foreign Policy magazine included him in its list of top global thinkers for the year. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year's Honours, and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale in 2014.
His recent publications include The Politics of the British Army (1997); The First World War: To Arms (2001); The First World War: a New Illustrated History (2003); and The Direction of War (2013).