Dr Mike Martin speaks and writes on conflict, particularly its causes. He regularly appears in international media, lectures and publishes on the subject.
Speaking: RUSI Conference
Interviews: Bitter Lake
Documentaries: Jimmy’s War
Selected Radio / Podcasts
- Why do we fight? (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: The Current) – 2019
- Dan Snow’s History Hit (Podcast) – 2019
- Why are the British Armed Forces short of personnel? (BBC Radio 4: The Briefing Room) – 2018
- Out of control? (BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking) – 2018
- The science behind why we fight (Guardian Science Podcast) – 2018
- Afghanistan: Time for Truth? (BBC Radio 4: The Report) – 2016
Selected Articles / Interviews
- How the Long History of Human Violence Explains Why the Internet Causes So Much Chaos (TIME) – 2019
- Is fighting in our genes? A biological theory of warfare (Irish Times) – 2018
- The retreat from Musa Qala is not “strategic withdrawal” (Prospect) – 2016
- Avoiding conflict with communities: An investment that pays off for mining firms (Myanmar Times) – 2015
- Britain didn’t understand the enemy in Helmand (The Telegraph) – 2014
- The British soldier reading Afghan minds (Sunday Times) – 2009
Dr Mike Martin is a Visiting War Studies Fellow at King’s College London, where he writes and speaks on conflict, and comments in the international media, often about the causes of conflict, or about Afghanistan.
Mike is also the author of four books. His most recent book, Why We Fight, which explores the evolutionary psychology of warfare, is available now.
Why We Fight (Hurst/OUP) – 2018
‘A pivotal book in the study of conflict … brilliantly deploys psychology and neuroscience to devastating effect. It has radical implications for policies for conflict reduction.’ Professor Sir Paul Collier
‘Fascinating [and] accessible. Martin’s enjoyable book makes a positive contribution to a major debate.’ Prospect
‘Required reading for not just biologists, psychologists and historians, but military leaders and recruiters as well.’ British Army Review
‘A remarkable story of psychological and physical endurance, and a compelling account of what pushes people to embark on impossible journeys.’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, FRGS
‘A deeply, brutally honest view of what it is like to complete a great journey. At times they were lucky to survive.’ Robin Hanbury-Tenison, FRGS
Shortlisted for the Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year
An Intimate War (Hurst/OUP) – 2014
‘This is the best book ever written on Afghanistan. Martin writes what I have been feeling since the ’80s, but have not expressed in such a clear way … a remarkable work of political anthropology.‘ Professor Olivier Roy
‘An extraordinary book … An Intimate War is the work of a wise and patient scholar.’ London Review of Books
‘An uncompromising, deeply thought and important contribution.’ The Times
Foreword to Taliban: A Critical History from Within (First Draft) – 2019
Chapter in Tribes and Global Jihadism (Hurst/OUP) – 2017
A brief history of Helmand (British Army) – 2011
Speaking, Writing, Training, Legal Expertise & Media
Mike regularly speaks and writes on a wide range of issues relating to conflict. He delivers speeches to organisations, societies and institutions worldwide, as well as to governments and militaries, including those of the US, the UK and Australia. Mike also accepts commissions from publications and think tanks for written analysis on defence, conflict and foreign affairs.
With respect to training, Mike has designed and delivered language immersion programmes, cultural intelligence/advisory courses, and conflict analysis courses to a wide range of audiences. These can be delivered face-to-face, online, or via blended learning. He also acts as a legal expert, particularly relating to immigration and liability cases in Afghanistan.
Mike often comments in international media including the BBC, TIME, NPR, DR, CBC, Washington Post, Irish Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Vice, Information, Prospect, etc. He also works with film and documentary makers, for example, advising the cast and crew of the film War Machine featuring Brad Pitt. Should you wish to contact Mike, please see below.