Dr George Wilkes PhD

Dr George Wilkes

Department of Theology and Religion
Director, Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace
Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

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I join research specialisms in religion, ethics and conflict in contemporary international affairs with historical interests in Jewish history, Middle Eastern affairs, and interfaith relations.


  • PhD, University of Cambridge


I am the founding Director of the Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace Project. From 2005 to 2010, I was a Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, from 2010 to 2018 a Research Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, and since then have been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Security Studies, Kings College London. I have lectured at Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leuven, and Birmingham universities, and have been a board member of the International Council of Christians and Jews and of Relief & Reconciliation Syria. Trained as a contemporary historian, I work on promoting effective cultures of change with peacebuilders, humanitarians and ethics and law teachers in the military.


My research and public policy interests include: religion and interreligious relations in peacebuilding; religion, culture and military ethics education; peacebuilding, inclusion and ethics in the Balkans and Middle East; peace, war and international affairs in Jewish Law and ethics. I have directed a research team since 2011 working on religion and attitudes to reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I also work with research partners teaching ethics and international humanitarian law in militaries around the world, producing collaborative work on education, ethical norms and cultures of change.

Other activities


  • ‘Cross-Communal Acts of Commemoration Designed to Promote Peace at a Local Level in Bosnia-Herzegovina’, Journal of the British Academy, supplementary Issue on Memorialisation and Sustainable Peacebuilding, Vol. 9, 2021.
  • ‘Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina’ and ‘Judaism and Peace’, in Jolyon Mitchell, et al, eds, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Peace (forthcoming, 2021).
  • ‘Religion and Reconciliation: Power, practice and rejections of the truth and reconciliation project in South African and Bosnian contexts’, in Henry Redwood et al, eds, Reconciliation After War: Historical Perspectives on Transitional Justice (London: Routledge, 2021) pp. 165-179.
  • ‘Interreligious Dialogue and Feelings of Shame and Pride About State Power: A Jewish Contribution’, Religija I Tolerancija, XIX/35, jan-jul 2021, 155-172.
  • ‘Attitudes to “religious conflict” within religious Jewish peace organisations in Israel’, in Afe Adogame and Corey Williams, eds, Religion, Conflict, Violence and Tolerance in Global Perspective (New York: Lexington Books, 2020) pp. 247-65.
  • ‘Shifting The Study Of Interreligious Peacebuilding From Coalitions Of The Willing To Creators Of New Opportunities For Understanding’, in Zorica Kuburić, Ljiljana Ćumura and Ana Zotova, eds, Mir i Pomirenje (Novi Sad: CEIR, 2018) pp. 179-94.
  • ‘Articles 18 and 19: When Freedom of Religion is Pitted against Freedom of Expression’’, Tony Gray et al, eds, Contemporary Human Rights Challenges: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Its Continuing Relevance (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018) pp. 148-59.
  • ‘Evaluating Customised Military Ethics Education Programmes’, in Don Carrick, James Connelly and David Whetham, eds, Professional Military Ethics Education: contemporary challenges and responses (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 127-41.
  • ‘When international dialogue about military ethics confronts diverse cultural and political practices: ‘Guilt’ as a case in point’, in Peter Olsthoorn and Jelena Vukoicic, eds, Military Ethics and Leadership (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 205-29.
  • ‘Religious pluralism and the Slovenian Military Chaplaincy’, with Gorazd Andrejc, in Torkel Brekke, ed., Military Chaplaincy in an Age of Religious Pluralism (Oxford: OUP, 2017), pp. 39-61.