Dr. Julian Lindley-French is an author and commentator on transatlantic relations and European security and defence. Formerly Director of the International Security Policy Training Course at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, he was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire in 1958. He is an Oxford Blue who graduated from Oxford University in 1980 and thereafter spent several years undertaking project management for a British Government agency, the United Nations in Geneva and New York, as well as for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne. He received a Master's Degree in International Relations (with distinction) from UEA in 1992 and a doctorate in political science from the European University Institute in Florence in 1996. He has lectured in European Security at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and therein was Deputy Director of the International Centre for Security Analysis (ICSA). He was also Senior Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and has acted as a consultant to NATO in Brussels.
In 1999 he received an outstanding service award from NATO. He is currently a member for the Consultative Group for the new British Defence Doctrine. His main areas of interest are US foreign and security policy and strategic developments in European security and defence on which he publishes regularly.
He is a regular commentator in the International Herald Tribune and the Wall Street Journal Europe. His recent works include A European Defence Strategy (Gutersloh: Bertelsmann 2004), A Chronology of European Security and Defence 1945-2005 (Geneva: GCSP 2005) and Why Europe Must Be Strong.and the World needs a Strong Europe (Gutersloh: Bertelsmann 2005). In June 2005 he published "Power and Bleakness" in International Spectator and in January 2006 published "Big NATO, Big World, Big Future" in NATO Review.
He is currently working on a book for Routledge entitled NATO: The Indispensable Alliance that will be published in 2006.