After receiving his primary and secondary education at The King’s School, Canterbury, Adrian O’Sullivan trained as a Germanist at University College London (BA) under Elizabeth M. Wilkinson, at the University of Alberta (MA) under Alison Scott-Prelorentzos, and as a professional translator/interpreter (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists). Adrian then acquired a lifetime of experience as an intelligence linguist and communications specialist, which included first-hand knowledge of the Middle East, and which culminated in his doctoral work on Persia (Iran) at Simon Fraser University under the diplomatic and intelligence historian André Gerolymatos and at the University of South Africa (DLitt et Phil) under the military historians Tilman Dedering and Ian van der Waag.

Now Adrian’s strategic goal is to fill some significant lacunae in the narrative of Allied-Axis clandestine warfare in the Middle East and Central Asia. He is currently researching and writing monographs on covert operations in Turkey and the Levant during the Second World War, which should, together with his other books, ultimately constitute a comprehensive history of Middle East intelligence and security operations.