Dr John Freeman will be reflecting on his career from his PhD onwards, including advice to students interested in similar trajectories.
Dr John Freeman is a diplomat with global experience during service with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in the United Nations system. International security has been a core focus of his career (e.g. Ambassador to the IAEA and other Agencies in Vienna; Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control; Deputy Ambassador to NATO) including initial service with the UK Ministry of Defence and thereafter with the FCO covering the full gamut including nuclear policy, chemical and biological and conventional arms control, as well as NATO operational issues in the Balkans and Afghanistan when in Brussels.
Dr Freeman has also held positions with responsibilities for international counter-terrorism, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Singapore/South East Asia as well most recently as Ambassador to Argentina. Within the UN system he served as Deputy Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and was the UK’s nominated candidate for the position of Director-General of the OPCW.
John Freeman obtained his PhD in War Studies and has maintained active academic involvement at various times with the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge, the Utrecht Centre for Conflict and Security Law, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, as well as most recently as a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London. He has published a number of articles and books, mainly on arms control-related themes.