Christopher Andrew is a British historian and professor with a special interest in international relations and in particular the history of intelligence services.
He is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Former Chair of the History Faculty at Cambridge University, Official Historian of the Security Service (MI5), Honorary Air Commodore of 7006 Squadron (Intelligence) in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Chair of the British Intelligence Study Group, and former Visiting Professor at Harvard, Toronto and Canberra. Professor Andrew is also co-editor of Intelligence and National Security, and a regular presenter of BBC Radio and TV documentaries, including the Radio Four series What If?. His twelve previous books include a number of path-breaking studies on the use and abuse of secret intelligence in modern history.
In recent years he has collaborated with two KGB defectors, Oleg Gordievsky and Vasili Mitrokhin, producing detailed histories of the KGB and its operations using material and documents provided by the two. His two most detailed works about the KGB in collaboration with KGB defector and archivist Vasili Mitrokhin are “The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive” and the “Secret History of the KGB? (1999) and “The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World” (2005).
He is currently a governor of Norwich School and President of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.