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Alexander W. Beadle
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Research Fellow (B.A., M.A.)

​Research areas:

  • Protection of civilians in military operations
  • Global trends and future military operations
  • Cognitive pitfalls in defence planning
Alexander W. Beadle is a research fellow at a CD&E-funded project on Protection of Civilians, as well as a new project on Global Trends and Military Operations. He received his B.A. in War Studies and M.A. in Conflict, Security & Development from King’s College London.
Particular fields of interest include military strategy, peace and stabilisation operations since 1990, as well as the rationale and methods of violence against civilians in conflicts around the world today.
His research has primarily focused on how military force can be used to protect civilians from perpetrators of violence. He was the main author of a military planning and assessment guide for the protection of civilians in NATO operations, which has since been adapted for use in UN peace operations. He has also been involved in the development of NATO’s policy and operational concept for the protection of civilians.

At present, he is leading a project on the future security environment for the Norwegian Armed Forces. This includes research on cognitive pitfalls that are particularly common in long-term defence planning. He is also running a three-year prediction tournament (FFIs prediksjonsturnering), which seeks to measure the forecasting ability of the Norwegian defence and security community.
Alexander William Beadle (2018), FFIs prediksjonsturnering – idé- og metodebeskrivelse, FFI-rapport 2018/00108

Alexander William Beadle and Stian Kjeksrud (2018). The utility of force to protect civilians in UN peace operations, in Peter Nadin (ed.). The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping. New York: Routledge, pp. 100-123.

Alexander William Beadle (2016), Å forske på Forsvaret i fremtiden – muligheter, begrensninger og kognitive fallgruver FFI-rapport 2016/01810

Stian Kjeksrud, Alexander William Beadle and Petter H. F. Lindqvist (2016). Protecting Civilians from Violence: A Threat-Based Approach to Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations. A joint FFI-NODEFIC publication

​Keenan, M and Beadle, A W (2015) Operationalizing Protection of Civilians in NATO Operations. Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, 4(1): 55, pp. 1–13
Alexander William Beadle og Sverre Diesen (2015), Globale trender mot 2040 – implikasjoner for Forsvarets rolle og relevans
FFI-rapport 2015/01452
Alexander William Beadle (2015). Protection of civilians as a new objective in military operations in Per M. Norheim-Martinsen and Tore Nyhamar (eds). International Military Operations in the 21st Century: Global trends and the future of intervention. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 195-205.
Alexander William Beadle and Stian Kjeksrud (2014), Military planning and assessment guide for the protection of civilians,
FFI-rapport 2014/00965
Alexander William Beadle (2014), Protection of civilians – military planning scenarios and implications,
FFI-rapport 2014/00519
Alexander William Beadle (2012), Protecting Civilians While Fighting a War in Somalia – Drawing Lessons from Afghanistan, NUPI Policy Brief, No. 10.
Alexander William Beadle (2011), Protection of civilians in theory - a comparison of UN and Nato approaches,
FFI-rapport 2010/02453
Alexander William Beadle (2010), Finding the ‘utility of force to protect’: towards a theory on protection of civilians,
FFI-rapport 2011/01889

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Alexander W. Beadle. Foto: FFI
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