Dr Robert Johnson

Director, Changing Character of War Programme, Faculty of History; Fellow of Pembroke College


Dr Johnson's primary research interests are in strategy, unconventional operations, insurgency and counter-insurgency. He conducts research on conflicts ‘amongst the people’ with particular reference to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East. He acts as a specialist advisor to the British, American, Danish, French, German and Afghan armed forces on security, stabilisation and transition. He is a former British Army officer.


  • War
  • Insurgency and counter-insurgency
  • Intelligence
  • Revolutionary warfare
  • Strategy and strategic thinking
  • Conflict in south west and central Asia
  • History of war in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interest in the First World War, the Indian Army and the Middle East

Media experience

Dr Johnson has media experience.