Iain King

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King (centre) speaking in Afghanistan, 2009
King (centre) in Afghanistan, 2009

Iain Benjamin King CBE FRSA is a British writer.[1] King was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours, for services to governance in Libya, Afghanistan and Kosovo.[2][3] He is a Scholar at the Modern War Institute, United States Military Academy at West Point,[4] and a former Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies,[5] and at Cambridge University.[6][7][8][1]

After seven years work on the Northern Ireland peace process in the 1990s,[5] Iain King held a senior political role in Kosovo’s UN Administration,[9] and co-authored a book on the history of Kosovo and the difficulties of post-war state-building in the Balkans, called Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo.

His 2008 book, How to Make Good Decisions and Be Right All the Time: Solving the Riddle of Right and Wrong, starts with a history of moral philosophy and then develops a hybrid methodology for ethical decision-making.[10] King's approach has been described as quasi-utilitarian,[11][12] and credited with reconciling competing systems of ethics.[13][14][15]

Secrets of The Last Nazi, based on extensive research of the Nazi era, was King's debut novel, first published in 2015.[16][17] A sequel followed in 2016.[16]

Making Peace in War is about Afghanistan.[18]

King has been featured as a foreign policy analyst on CNN and BBC,[5] and has written for multiple outlets, many of them based in the US, including NBC,[19] Defense One,[20] Prospect,[6] and National Interest.[21]


  • King, Iain; Mason, Whit (2006). Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo. Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445392.
  • King, Iain (2008). How to Make Good Decisions and Be Right All the Time: Solving the Riddle of Right and Wrong. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84706-347-2.
  • King, Iain (2014). Making Peace in War. Amazon Media.
  • King, Iain (2015). Secrets of The Last Nazi. Bookouture. ISBN 1910751103
  • King, Iain (2016). Last Prophecy of Rome. Bookouture.


  1. ^ a b "Iain King". Bloomsbury. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Queen's birthday honours list 2013: GCB, DBE and CBE" in The Guardian. 15 June 2013. "Queen's birthday honours list 2013: GCB, DBE and CBE | UK news | guardian.co.uk". The Guardian. 14 June 2013. Archived from the original on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Birthday Honours lists 2013" at gov.uk Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Modern War Institute "Scholars". Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "CSIS Expert Page". CSIS. 18 December 2019. Archived from the original on 8 July 2020. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b "About the Author: Iain King". Prospect. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  7. ^ "War Philosophers: How much were our ideas shaped by war?". University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Philosophy Now". Philosophy Now. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2017. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  9. ^ Oisín Tansey. Review of Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo by Iain King, Whit Mason in International Journal, Vol. 62, No. 3, "What Kind of Security? Afghanistan and Beyond" (Summer, 2007), pp. 717-720.
  10. ^ Geoff Crocker. An Enlightened Philosophy: Can an Atheist Believe Anything? John Hunt Publishing, 2011. ISBN 978-1846944246 pp. 85–86
  11. ^ Vardy, Charlotte and Peter (2012). Ethics Matters. SCM Press. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-334-04391-1.
  12. ^ How to Make Good Decisions… a 62 Point Summary at iainbking.com
  13. ^ Chandler Brett (16 July 2014). "24 and Philosophy". Blackwell. Archived from the original on 2 January 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2019.at
  14. ^ Frezzo, Eldo (25 October 2018). Medical Ethics: A Reference Guide. Routledge. p. 5. ISBN 978-1138581074.
  15. ^ Zuckerman, Phil (10 September 2019). What it Means to be Moral. Counterpoint. p. 21. ISBN 978-1640092747.
  16. ^ a b "Fantastic Fiction: Iain King". Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Bookouture snaps up Nazi conspiracy thriller". The Bookseller. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Making Peace in War". British Army Review. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  19. ^ Iain King (9 November 2019). "Democracy seemed to have won out, but we were wrong". NBC. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  20. ^ Iain King (30 September 2019). "Why It's Really Hard to Buy Peace in Afghanistan". Defense One. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  21. ^ Iain King (27 November 2019). "NATO". National Interest. Retrieved 18 December 2019.

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