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Sir Michael Rose, KCB, CBE, DSO, QGM, DL General, ex-British Army

Sir Michael Rose was born in 1940 in Quetta, former British India. He was educated at Cheltenham College, the Sorbonne and St Edmund Hall, Oxford.  He is an honorary fellow of his College and a Senior Associate Research Fellow at King's College, London.

He joined the Reserve in 1957 and was commissioned as a Regular Officer into the Coldstream Guards in 1964. He subsequently served with the Special Air Service Regiment in the Middle and Far East. Following attendance at the Staff College in 1973, he commanded the Regiment during the Falkland Islands conflict. He commanded 39 Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland and attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1986. He became Commandant of the Staff College in 1991. General Rose was Commander of the UK Field Army, and Inspector General Territorial Army from April 1993 to January 1994 when he took command of the UN Protection Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In January 1995, he was appointed to the Army Board as Adjutant General. He was the Kermit Roosevelt Lecturer in the USA in 1997.

He retired from the Army in September 1997, although he remains 28th Colonel of the Coldstream Guards. Since leaving the Army, he has written and lectured extensively on peacekeeping and leadership to a wide variety of audiences around the world. He has been a regular speaker on the National Security Course at the Maxwell School Syracuse University for the past nine years. His book Fighting for Peace recounts his experiences in Bosnia, and his book Washington’s War compares the American War of Independence with the US led war in Iraq.  As well as writing articles for military and academic publications, General Rose has also been commissioned to write for a large number of newspapers including The New York Times, The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Daily Mail. His television appearances include Channel 4, Panorama, Breakfast with Frost, and most recently the Charlie Rose Show. He has recently retired as a director of Control Risks Group but remains on the board of Eurocontrol Technics.

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