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The aim of the CHACR is to help the British Army with the development of the conceptual component of fighting power. We do this by conducting and sponsoring research and analysis (both in-house and through a wide network of associates and colleagues across the globe) into the enduring nature and changing character of conflict on land. Some of this work is requested directly by the Army, and some of it is identified independently by the CHACR as being important for the Army. At the same time the CHACR offers itself as an active hub of scholarship, professional enquiry and debate for the Army.

The Director

During 34 years of military service, and nine operational tours, Andrew Sharpe commanded on operations in all ranks from second-lieutenant to brigadier. He left the British Army as a Major General, completing his military career as the Director of the UK MoD’s independent think-tank: the DCDC. For three years he ran the UK Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel.

Doctor Sharpe is the Director of the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research. In addition, as an independent consultant, he partners with governments, international organisations and businesses to provide strategic, operational and leadership advice, support and mentoring. He is a senior mentor on the Army’s Generalship programme; a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of King’s College London; an Honorary Fellow of the Strategic Studies Institute of the University of Exeter; a Founding Associate Fellow of the Cambridge Security Analysis Institute; an Expert Panel member of the Cambridge Governance Labs; and he lectures and advises widely and internationally on strategy, leadership, risk and operational art. He is the Chairman of The Poppy Factory and has an MA in International Studies from King’s College London, and a PhD in the Strategic Leadership of International Intervention from Trinity College Cambridge.

Senior Resident Fellow

Dr Ziya Meral is a Resident Fellow at the Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research. He is also the founder and director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs, a new research and policy initiative exploring the relationship of religion with contemporary issues with a focus on Africa and the Middle East.

He is an expert on Turkish and Middle Eastern foreign policies, and thematic issues of religion and violent conflict. He has given numerous television and radio interviews for British and international media outlets, and lectures internationally in leading universities as well as diplomatic and political institutions.

He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge in political science, an MSc in sociology from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Divinity from the International School of Theology Asia in Manila, Philippines, and a 1st Class BA from Brunel University.
His role as a Resident Fellow involves running the CHACR Lecture Series and In Depth Briefings that address issues of interest to the Army and wider British defence.

Resident Fellow

Dr. Louise Tumchewics is a historian with a particular focus on C-IED and EOD and with wider interests across a range of defence-related topics.

She completed her PhD in war studies at King’s College London, where she also taught a number of undergraduate-level War Studies and International Relations courses. She is currently supporting a CHACR study into Force Development with particular focus on the conceptual development of future force structures and conducting work on the nature of ‘decisiveness in war’.

Louise volunteers with several organisations, including the Felix Fund, the Bomb Disposal charity.

Visiting Fellow

Prof. Matthias Strohn is the Head of the Historical Analysis Programme at CHACR . He is currently on secondment from the Department of War Studies, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is also Professor of Military Studies in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Buckingham, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Prof. Strohn was educated at the University of Münster (Germany) and the University of Oxford. From the latter institution he received his M.St., and his DPhil. with a thesis on the German army in the inter-war period.

Prof. Strohn is a specialist in the history of war in the 20th century, with special interest in the World Wars, the inter-war period, command and leadership, the development of doctrine, and the application of military history in the current military context. He has published widely in these fields (including writing and editing 14 books and numerous articles) and his works were chosen as the core readings for Operation Reflect, the British Army’s commemoration of the First World War.

Prof. Strohn holds a commission in the German Army (current rank Lt.-Col.) and is a member of the military attaché reserve. He has served on the defence attaché staffs in London, Paris, and Madrid. In a previous role he served as the staff officer for military history at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg. Here he also received his initial training as a staff officer, which was augmented by the successful completion of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (R) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with both the British Army and the German Bundeswehr.

Prof. Strohn is a keen battlefield studies guide and has led tours in Europe from Madrid to Stalingrad. He has also worked on television and radio as both historical adviser and interviewee.