Justin Doherty


A Classicist by training, Justin Doherty takes an interest in the application of history to contemporary challenges, including geopolitics, cultural preservation, economics and reputation.

He advises governments around the world on crises and complex situations.  He has overseen counter-terrorism strategic communications in southern Yemen, advised the Saudi Culture Minister, the Ugandan Prime Minister, the President of South Sudan, and the President of Sri Lanka.


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In 2018 he was part of the team that successfully changed the law in the UK to allow sick children access to cannabis-based medicine.

Justin is a former British Army officer, where he spent many years commanding tanks, deployed on peacekeeping operations in the Balkans, and carrying out influence operations within 15 (UK) Psychological Operations Group.

He divides his time between Arabia, Somerset and Devon where he sails Vixen, a Wayfarer.

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Blood and Iron, by Katja Hoyer

Blood and Iron, by Katja Hoyer

The seeds of the German nation, nursed into being by the wily statesman Bismarck, were sown in Prussia’s humiliation in the Napoleonic Wars. By the time the fragmented German states got their act together, fought back and won at Leipzig in 1813, the journey to unification had begun.  Galvanised
The Bin Laden Papers, by Nelly Lahoud

The Bin Laden Papers, by Nelly Lahoud

The Bin Laden Papers, by Nelly LahoudSome years ago a wise Saudi friend implored me to read Amin Malouf’s brilliant The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. Malouf’s use of primary Arab sources cast a corrective and insightful gaze on the Arab defenders, a classic piece of revisionist ...
What the Greeks Did For Us, by Tony Spawforth

What the Greeks Did For Us, by Tony Spawforth

What The Greeks Did For Us, by Tony Spawforth.Any academic standing up for Classics (Latin and Greek, no definite article) in 2023 does so knowingly entering a minefield of epic proportions.  Since the Renaissance the appreciation of Classics has been a mark of sophistication and at times ...