John Gittings


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After teaching at the University of Westminster I worked at The Guardian (UK) for twenty years as assistant foreign editor, chief foreign leader-writer, and East Asia editor (1983-2003). Having specialised for many years on China and East Asia, I turned to the study of peace, and published The Glorious Art of Peace: from the Iliad to Iraq (OUP, 2012). A paperback edition, with a new extended preface, was published in 2018.

I was also an Associate Editor of the Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Peace. In November 2015 I was a judge on the International People's Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against Humanity in Indonesia, and co-edited the Final Report published in July 2016. I live in Oxford, and I write a bimonthly column for the Oxford CND newsletter. I review regularly for the Political Quarterly.

Associate Editor, Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Peace (OUP, New York, 2010).
China Institute, School of Oriental & African Studies, London University: Research Associate
1998 - 2003 The Guardian's East Asia editor, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai
1983 - 1998 The Guardian: foreign desk, foreign leader writer
1976 - 1983 Polytechnic of Central London: senior lecturer in Chinese politics
1971 - 1972 The China Quarterly, Acting Editor
1969 - 1971 London School of Economics, Centre for International Studies
1968 - 1969 Far Eastern Economic Review, China editor
1966 - 1967 University of Chile, Institute of International Studies
1963 - 1966 Royal Institute of International Affairs, research assistant

1958 - 1961 University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, MA in Oriental Studies (1st)
1957 - 1958 School of Oriental & African Studies, Civil Service diploma in Chinese language
1950 - 1956 Midhurst Grammar School