Phillips P. O’Brien
Chair in Strategic Studies, University of St Andrews
Phillips is the Chair of Strategic Studies at the University of St Andrews.
His research, writing and impact work is mostly on the making of grand strategy, defence policy and the interaction of domestic politics on international relations in the 20th and 21st centuries.
He had written books on these different themes including most recently: How the War was Won: Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II (Cambridge 2015) and, The Second Most Powerful Man in the World: The Life of Admiral William Leahy (Dutton 2019).
Phillips has published numerous articles in journals such as Diplomatic History, Journal of Strategic Studies and Past and Present. Professor O’Brien is also part of two ongoing research projects, one on cyber power and the other exploring an interdisciplinary understanding of strategy and strategy-making. Both of these he plans to take forward with SCGA.