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Centre for War and Diplomacy

Confronting today's challenges through the study of the past

People

The CWD brings together colleagues from a variety of disciplines – from History to Politics and the Contemporary Arts – and welcomes non-resident and visiting fellows from across the world. It also supports a flourishing postgraduate community.

People

Research

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

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

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.  

MA International and Military History

MA War and Diplomacy

For centuries, nation-states have typically interacted through two principal means: war and diplomacy. This interdisciplinary programme offers you the opportunity to explore these central elements of world history and contemporary affairs from the medieval period to the present.

MA War and Diplomacy

Partnerships

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

Events

The CWD events programme will return in the academic year 2022-23. Meanwhile, our War & Diplomacy podcast, featuring interviews with leading researchers and practitioners, can be found on all major platforms. Please select 'More Events', below, to view our Events Archive.

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