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Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley CB DSO PhD MA FRHistS

Generalship: Military Historian, Author, Visiting Lecturer & Defence Security Advice

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During a long and distinguished army career, Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley, commanded British peacekeeping forces in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Iraq and served for two years from 2007 as the Deputy Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He was also Deputy Commanding General, Coalition Military Advisory and Training Team Iraq, 2003–2004; Commanding General, Multi-national Division (South-East) and General Officer Commanding British Forces Iraq, 2004–2005 and worked for the Royal Jordanian Court

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Evidence in the Karadjic and Mladic trials at the ICTY
(The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia)

• Cases in Sudan

• COMCARE Australian Government

• Kosovo Specialist Chamber


Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, Military History, Campaign Studies

Military History, Campaign Studies & Author

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley (former Commanding Officer of 1st Royal Welch Fusiliers), is a military historian and visiting lecturer at Birmingham University and King's College London, Department of War Studies. Guest speaker, author and lecturer on Military and Defence Security around the globe. He was also Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum Trust for 20 years.

He has written 25 books to date and co-authored many more.


Royal Welch Fusiliers, military historianMilitary Historian

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley is chairman of trustees for the Royal Welch Fusiliers which has a regimental museum at Caernarfon Castle

Drawing upon his experience and knowledge gained, he is an authoritative on military history - from the military garrisons of Henry IV through to the history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers and much more...

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Lt-Gen Riley, former Senior mentor for the British Higher Command and Staff Course, NATO Baltic Defence College, and former Senior British Military Advisor to The United States Central Command.

With Campaign medals in every rank, Lt-Gen Riley was awarded the DSO for bravery and distinguished conduct in the Balkans in 1995.


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Education & Training Support

Mentoring in current issues of defence security and military affairs. Jonathon Riley is a Member of Board of Trustees of RUSI and external examiner at Cranfield University.

Here, he discusses the rise and fall of Counterinsurgency and the Afghanistan War - part of the seminar series at the Department of War Studies:

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