Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, CB DSO PhD MA FRHistS
Soldier & Visiting Professor of War Studies
Jonathon Riley has enjoyed a long career with the British Army and has commanded troops from many nations. He has served in Northern Ireland, Central America, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq (GOC British Forces) and Afghanistan (Deputy Commander NATO forces). He is currently Visiting Professor in War Studies at King’s College London and works for several companies involved with defence, security and strategic issues. His awards include: the Distinguished Service Order for bravery and distinguished conduct in the Balkans in 1996; Officer of the Legion of Merit of the United States of America in 2004; Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in the New Year’s Honours 2008; and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary-General in December 2008.
Lieutenant General Riley holds three degrees including a PhD in History and has published twenty-three books of military history and biography of which the most relevant to the current tour is “Oft in Danger, the Life and Campaigns of General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley” (Helion, 2015). In addition, he is a frequent public speaker on subjects ranging from history to strategy, defence, security and international affairs. He teaches and mentors in NATO, British and US military schools and colleges and regularly leads staff rides for the US Army in Europe.