Frank Ledwidge biography
In fifteen years as reservist in Naval Intelligence, Frank Ledwidge served front line operational tours in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq - the latter as head of one of the joint-service multinational teams looking for WMD. He was subsequently selected to head his service specialisation for two years. He is a graduate of the Joint Service Command and Staff College and has worked closely with US and other NATO forces. He has passed the US Marine Counter-intelligence Course. He retired from the service in early 2009.
In his civilian life he is an Oxford Law graduate and Barrister. He has worked for many years throughout the Balkans and Former Soviet Union in the field of conflict prevention for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the British government. In 2007 he combined his military and civilian roles as the first civilian Justice Advisor to the UK Task Force in Helmand.
His academic work on Human Rights, Afghanistan and Insurgency has appeared regularly in print and online for The Journal of the Royal United Services Institute, Asian Affairs, the Helsinki Monitor and the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs. He has appeared as a commentator in Channel Four’s Dispatches and the BBC Online service.
How I Found the Agency
I came to Andrew Lownie through a military friend. He had gone to Andrew with an idea for a novel. He was very impressed, as I have been, with the approach Andrew took and the care and courtesy with which he was treated.