Beatrice Heuser

Distinguished Professor
Pleinlaan 5, 1050, Brussel, Belgium

Beatrice Heuser is Distinguished Professor at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB). She holds the Chair in International Relations at Glasgow University, from which she is currently on leave of absence, seconded to the General Staff College of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg. Her degrees are from the Universities of London (BA, MA) and Oxford (DPhil), and the Philipps-University of Marburg (Habilitation).

From 1991-2003 she taught at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, ultimately as Chair of International and Strategic Studies. She has also taught at Sciences Po’ and the Universities Paris I, IV (Sorbonne) and VIII (St Denis), and at two German universities.

From 1997-1998, she worked in the International Staff at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Between 2003-2007 she was Director for Research at the Military History Research Office of the Bundeswehr in Potsdam.

Heuser has worked primarily on war – see her WAR: A genealogy of Western ideas and practices (2022) – and on aspects of strategy, publishing Reading Clausewitz (2002); Strategy before Clausewitz (2017), and The Evolution of Strategy (2010) which covers the period from Antiquity to the Present; specifically on nuclear strategy: Nuclear Strategies and Forces for Europe (1997); Nuclear Mentalities? (1998); The Bomb (1999), and on strategies of insurgencies and counterinsurgency.

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