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Sir Lawrence David Freedman, KCMG, CBE, PC, FBA (born 7 December 1948) is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London. He has been described as the "dean of British strategic studies", and was a member of the Iraq Inquiry. Of Jewish descent, Freedman was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School, the Victoria University of Manchester (BA), University of York (BPhil), and University of Oxford, where he was a student of Nuffield College (Fellow 1974–75) and the Faculty of Social Studies
The British Government thus hastened to 35 Lawrence Freedman, Britain & the Falklands, Oxford (1988), p43 . There is no doubt that a major catalyst for the Falklands invasion was the emergence of General Leopoldo Galtieri as President of Argentina in December 1981.
The British Government thus hastened to 35 Lawrence Freedman, Britain & the Falklands, Oxford (1988), p43 36 William Whitelaw, The Whitelaw Memoirs, London (1989), pp205-6. CEU eTD Collection 27 figure out why the issue had unexpectedly blown up at this particular moment in time. Galtieri was the leader of a hardline fringe within the fascist military junta that had ruled the country since 1976, and his coup d’état against predecessor Roberto Viola occurred amidst a backdrop of dissent and spiraling inflation.
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Today with us is Sir Lawrence Freedman. He's been a professor of war studies at King's College London since 1982 and vice principal since 2003, elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and awarded the CVE in 1996. He was appointed official historian of the Faulklands campaign in 1997. He was awarded the KCMG in 2003. His recent book, "A Choice of Enemies, America Confronts the Middle East," won the 2009 Lionel Gelber prize and Duke of Westminster metal for military literature.
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