Centre for War and Diplomacy
Confronting today's challenges through the study of the past
The Centre for War and Diplomacy provides the historical context and strategic analysis to inform understanding of today's geopolitical challenges. Based in the Department of History at Lancaster University, it promotes discussion across disciplines through research, teaching, consultancy and public events.About
The CWD brings together colleagues from a variety of disciplines – from History to the Digital Humanities, Politics, English Literature and the Creative Arts – and welcomes non-resident and visiting fellows from across the world. It also supports a flourishing postgraduate community.People
The CWD investigates war and diplomatic relations between states past and present, from defence policy and the transformation of armed forces, to diplomatic actors and the role of ideas in diplomacy, the relationship between conflict and heritage, and post-colonial security.Research
MA International and Military History
From the rise and fall of great powers to the treatment of non-combatants, from diplomacy and peace-making to strategy and doctrine, and from wars of propaganda to weaponry and intelligence, explore the major themes of international and military history from the ancient world to today.International and Military History MA
War & Diplomacy Podcast
The War & Diplomacy Podcast features interviews with leading researchers and practitioners, with topics ranging from the evidence for women’s roles in diplomacy – from the thirteenth-century to the twentieth – to the Cold War in Africa and European Security in the twenty-first century. The Podcast is available on all major platforms.War & Diplomacy Podcast
Based in the historic north-west of England and embracing a global perspective, the CWD works with partners regionally, nationally and internationally to develop innovative research, teaching and discussion in the fields of historical and contemporary conflict and relations between states.Partnerships
The Merriman Essay Prize
The Merriman Prize (named in honour of Lancaster’s Dr Marcus Merriman) is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay on any topic in the fields of international and/or military history from the ancient world to the present day. Offered by the Department of History in partnership with the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University, it is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university.Merriman Essay Prize
CWD 2022 Merriman Essay Prize
The CWD is delighted to offer the 2022 Merriman Essay Prize.
The Merriman Prize (named in honour of Lancaster’s Dr Marcus Merriman) is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay on any topic in the fields of international and/or military history from the ancient world to the present day.
'The Will to Fight': new article by Dr Spyros Tsoutsoumpis on the experience of national army soldiers during the Greek Civil War, 1946-1949
Lancaster University Associate Lecturer and CWD member, Dr Spyros Tsoutsoumpis has published an article on the experience of national army soldiers during the Greek Civil War, 1946-1949 in the International Journal of Military History and Historiography.