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.
The Great War in the Middle East
This edited collection offers chapters covering various aspects of the First World War in the Middle East: strategic, military, artistic, informational, literary, religious, experiential, and social. It is therefore one of the most broad studies of the conflict in a single volume in recent decades.
Before military intervention: Upstream stabilisation in theory and practice
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.
Hybrid War and Its Countermeasures: A Critique of the Literature