Dr Johnson’s specialisms are in War; Strategy and Strategic Thinking; and Conflict in South West and Central Asia
I work on the History of War in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interest in the First World War, the Indian Army and the so-called 'sideshows'; the Inter-War Years, and more recent conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the Middle East. Thematically, I focus on strategy, conventional operations, tactical developments, revolutionary warfare, intelligence and counter-insurgency.
I am the Director of the Changing Character of War Programme which is an interdisciplinary study of war and armed conflict. In 2013-14, the research priorities of the programme are the changing relationship between war and the state, war in a connected world, the history of insurgency and counterinsurgency, the history of the laws of warfare and the moral dimensions of war. There is a particular interest in ‘Civilians in War’ which will be developed as a research strand through the CCW programme’s Visiting Research Fellows. The CCW programme has been particularly successful in developing the dialogue between scholars, the armed services, governments and multinational organisations, and engaging in joint research projects, conferences and seminars.
'True to Their Salt': Mechanisms for recruiting and managing military labour in the Army of the East India Company during the Carnatic Wars in India
The War Outside of Europe
The chapter details the fighting fronts in Africa and the Middle East in 1918
This wide-ranging collection of articles by some of the most renowned names in the subject explores the tumultuous events of the final year of the war.
The de Bunsen Committee and a revision of the "conspiracy' of Sykes-Picot
Sykes-Picot, Bunsen, Hussein-McMahon, Balfour
The First World War and the Middle East: a literature review of recent scholarship
True to Their Salt Indigenous Personnel in Western Armed Forces
He then offers a comprehensive survey of the post-colonial legacy, particularly the recent utilisation of surrogates and auxiliaries, the work of embedded training teams, and mentoring.
Moreover, contrary to another persistent myth of the First World War in the Middle East, local leaders and their forces were not simply the puppets of the Great Powers in any straightforward sense.
This chapter assessed the extent to which the Taliban possessed a 'national style' or a 'military culture' in insurgency. The history of the movement indicates a pragmatic adaptation to various adversaries and resource issues, but also a deep-seated ideological and local power-political posture.