Beatrice Heuser

Beatrice G. Heuser
Category: B.A., M.A.(London), D.Phil.(Oxon), Habilitation (Marburg)
Chair of International Relations, University of Reading, UK, since 2007
Address: : Department of Politics & International Relations
University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 218
Reading, RG6 6AA


  • 2011/2012 – visiting professor, University of Paris 8; University of Paris IV (Sorbonne).
  • Director of Research, MGFA (Military History Research Office of the Bundeswehr). Potsdam -2003-2007.
  • Professor of International and Strategic Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. (1991-2003. initially Lecturer, then Professor since 2000).
  • Consultancy work:
    • Consultant/Intern in the International Staff at NATO Headquarters, Brussels (Oct. 1997-July 1998; areas of work: Strategic Concept; Kosovo, Bosnia-Hercegovina)
    • for the UK Ministry of Defence (1995-1997)
    • for the European Commission (DG1A), (1995-1996)
  • Lecturer at the University of Reims (January-June 1991)


  • (1996) Habilitation (= higher doctorate), Philipps-University Marburg/Lahn: “Nuclear Strategies and Belief Systems”.
  • (1983-1985) University of Oxford: St. Antony’s College, and (1985-1988) St. John’s College. D.Phil.:“The Western Powers and Yugoslavia, 1948-54”.
  • (1978-1982) University of London: Bedford College and London School of Economics and Political Science, B.A.Hons. (History) and M.A. (International History).
  • (1975-1978) Istanbul Lisesi German.


  • The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, expected Oct. 2010), 578 p., Index, Bibliography ISBN 978-0-521-19968-1 (hbk); ISBN 978-0-521-15524-3 (ppb)
  • Reading Clausewitz (London: Pimlico, 2002), 238 p., Index, Bibliography. ISBN 0-7126-6484-X
  • The Bomb: Nuclear Weapons in their Historical, Strategic and Ethical Context in the series: Turning Points in History (London: Longman’s, 1999), 236 p., Index, Map, Tables, Bibliography. (hbk/pbk)
  • Nuclear Mentalities? Strategies and Belief Systems in Britain, France and the FRG (London: Macmillan, July 1998), 277p., Index, Tables.
  • NATO, Britain, France and the FRG: Nuclear Strategies and Forces for Europe, 1949-2000 (London: Macmillan, hardback 1997, paperback 1999), 256p., Index, Map.
  • Western Containment Policies in the Cold War; The Yugoslav Case, 1948-1953 (London & New York: Routledge, 1989), 304p., Index, Appendices, Map, Bibliography.
    {Rebels, Partisans, Guerrillas: Asymmetric wars from ancient times to today (Paderborn: Schoningh, forthcoming early 2013)}


  • editor with Dale Walton: Atrocities in Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies, special issue of peer-reviewed journal Civil Wars Flight. 14 Not. 1 (March 2012), with my ‘Introduction: Atrocities in Insurgencies and Counterinsurgencies’, pp. 2-28
  • editor, translator and commentator: The Strategy Makers: Thoughts on War and Society from Machiavelli to Clausewitz (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger-ABC Clio, 2010), 232 p., ISBN: 0-275-99826-6; ISBN-13: 978-0-275-99826-4
  • editor with Cyril Buffet: Haunted by History: Myths in International Relations (Oxford: Berghahn, 1998), 294 p., Index
  • editor with Robert O’Neill: Securing Peace in Europe, 1945-62 (London: Macmillan, 1992), 355 p., Index

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • ‘Small Wars in the Age of Clausewitz: Watershed between Partisan War and People’s War’, Journal of Strategic Studies, Flight. 33 No.1 (Feb. 2010), pp.137-160.
  • ‘Misleading Paradigms of War: States and Non-State Actors, Combatants and Non-Combatants’, War and Society Vol. 27 Not. 2 (Oct. 2008), pp. 1-24.
  • 'Santa Cruz de Marcenado (1684-1732): Counterinsurgency in the Age of Enlightenment ', in outer- Study Groups and Security (eds) : Asymmetric Warfare - Asymmetrical warfare through the ages (Berlin: Koester, 2008), pp. 113-128.
  • ‘The Cultural Revolution in Counterinsurgency’, Journal of Strategic Studies Vol. 30 Not. 1 (Feb. 2007), pp. 153-71
  • 'Guerrilla, Uprising, Civil war and the fight against it: New debates about the "counterinsurgency" ', Yearbook of Clausewitz Society (2007), pp. 164-186
  • ‘Wars since 1945: an Introduction’ in Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History Band 2 Not. 1 (2005), pp. 4-16.