Dr Paul L. Moorcraft is the director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis, London, an independent think tank dedicated to conflict resolution. He also works as a crisis management consultant to international companies, as well as now being a visiting professor at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
Professor Moorcraft has been a freelance TV producer/war correspondent in over thirty war zones in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Balkans. He has also been a correspondent for numerous newspapers and magazines, including Time. Today he writes op-eds for newspapers across the political spectrum (from the liberal Guardian in the United Kingdom to the conservative Washington Times, from the Canberra Times to Johannesburg’s Business Day). He is a regular pundit on military affairs for BBC TV and radio, Sky, Al-Jazeera, and others. He is the former editor of a number of UK security and foreign policy magazines, including Defence Review and Defence International.
He has lectured full-time at ten major international universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Australasia on journalism, politics, and international relations. He was a Distinguished Radford Visiting Professor in Journalism at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of a wide range of books on military history, politics, journalism, and crime as well as being an award-winning novelist. His most recent co-authored book is Axis of Evil: The War on Terror (2005); the updated American edition is The New Wars of the West: Anglo-American Voices on the War on Terror (2006). The Rhodesian War: A Military History, with Dr Peter McLaughlin, was published in 2008 in the UK. Shooting the Messenger: The Political Impact of War Reporting, with Professor Philip M Taylor, was published in June 2008 in the USA. More recent books include: Inside the Danger Zones: Travels to Arresting Places (2010) and Mugabe’s War Machine (2011). The Total Destruction of the Tigers: A Rare Victory in Sri Lanka’s Long War came out in 2012.
Paul L. Moorcraft is a former senior instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (1973–1975), and was a member of the directing staff at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College (1997–2000). He also worked in corporate communications in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall as well as in media operations in the field.
In his role as director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis, he has been active in conflict resolution in countries such as Sudan, organising a series of peace conferences on Darfur. In 2010, he was head of mission for 50 independent observers during Sudan’s national elections.