General Sir Michael Rose is an Honorary Fellow of his College and a Senior Associate Research Fellow at King's College, London (International Policy Institute). In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by Nottingham University.
Born in 1940 in Quetta, former British India, and educated at Cheltenham College, the Sorbonne and St Edmund Hall Oxford (Politics Philosophy and Economics), General Rose joined the Reserve in 1957 and was commissioned as a Regular Officer into the Coldstream Guards in 1964. He served in Germany and the Middle East before joining the 22 Special Air Service Regiment in 1968. Following attendance at the Staff College, Camberley, he was appointed Brigade Major of 16 Parachute Brigade and subsequently commanded G Squadron 22 Special Air Service Regiment, with whom he saw active service in the Middle and Far East. Following another tour of duty in Northern Ireland as the Military Assistant to the General Officer Commanding, he returned to command the 22 Special Air Service Regiment from 1979 to 1982, during which time he took part in the Falkland Islands conflict. From there, he went on to command the 39 Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland.
He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1986 and from January 1987 until May 1988 was the Commandant of the School of Infantry. He was Director Special Forces until he assumed command of North East District and the 2nd Infantry Division in September 1989. He became Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley in September 1991. General Rose was Commander of the UK Field Army, United Kingdom Land Forces 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.
General Rose was appointed OBE in 1978, CBE in 1986 and KCB in 1994. He was awarded the QGM in 1981 and the DSO in 1995. He was made Commandeur Legion d'Honneur by President Chirac in October 1995.
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, which have included the Wharton Business School, the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Press Club in Washington. His book about his experiences in Bosnia, Fighting for Peace, was published in November 1998. In addition to writing articles for military and academic publications, General Rose has also been commissioned to write for a large number of UK national newspapers including The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail. He is currently writing a book on George Washington. His television appearances include "Channel 4 News" and "HardTalk." He is a director of a security-related company, Control Risks Group, and has recently spent some time travelling in Iraq for that company.