Mats Berdal is Professor of Security & Development in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where he directs the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG). He is also the Programme Director for the MA in Conflict, Security and Development. From 2000 to 2003 he was Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. His areas of research cover strategic studies, cold war history and international security. He is member of the Academia Europæa.