Andrew Gawthorpe

Andrew Gawthorpe


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Research interests

Andy's field of study is U.S. nation-building in South Vietnam from 1967 to 1973, with a special focus on the Office of Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS).  He aims to analyse the goals set for the nation-building effort by the Johnson and Nixon administrations and then how their ideas were implemented on the ground.

Alongside this project, Andy maintains an interest in the history of U.S. foreign relations and U.S. intellectual history more broadly.  He is also working on a study of Samuel Huntington's thought on and involvement in the Vietnam War.  He presented the first part of this latter work at the Canadian Historical Association's annual conference in May 2014.

Andy has previously published work on other aspects of contemporary and historical international relations, including a study of the Ford administration's security policy in the Asia-Pacific after the Vietnam War.

Research interests (short)

Andrew is a teaching fellow in the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and a doctoral researcher in the Defence Studies Department of King's College London.  His research focuses on nation-building by the U.S. during the Vietnam War.  He also comments widely in the media on international politics.  Click the tabs above to find out more or contact him.

Biographical details

Andrew is a teaching fellow in the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and a doctoral researcher in the Defence Studies Department of King's College London.  Click here to contact him.

Andrew holds an M.A. and an M.Phil in History with distinction from the University of Cambridge, where he was Allen Scholar in the 2006 - 07 academic year.  He has also worked for the British government.

His popular writing on international affairs has appeared in the print or online editions of The Los Angeles Times, Stars and StripesThe Diplomat, The National Interest, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Gulf News (Dubai), The Mail and Guardian (Johannesburg),and The Huffington Post UK, as well as regional newspapers in Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  His analyses of international affairs have been translated into Vietnamese, Turkish and Portuguese.  He always welcomes enquiries from editors seeking articles on international affairs, and is himself an assistant editor at Infinity Journal and The Journal of Military Operations.

He has also taught classes at the University of East London and King's College London, and has participated in the national mentoring scheme Realising Opportunities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Philosophy, Historical Studies, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007

Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006


  • E11 America (General)
  • E151 United States (General)
  • JQ Political institutions Asia


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