The Afghan Papers: Committing Britain to War in Helmand, 2005-06

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Afghan PapersA panel discussion including Sir Kevin Tebbit and Professor Michael Clarke on RUSI's latest Whitehall Paper assessing the controversial decision to go into Helmand province, Afghanistan.

In 2006, British forces entered the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in what would become one of the defining military campaigns of the decade. At great cost in blood and treasure, the UK waged a protracted counter-insurgency against a resurgent Taliban.

But how was the decision taken to commit Britain to such a difficult and drawn-out campaign? This question looms large as government and military heed the call for a more coherent, strategic approach to British defence policy. The Afghan Papers assesses the key dynamics that shaped the campaign from 2005.

As part of an ongoing project on the decision to go into Helmand and Britain's strategic culture, RUSI will host a panel discussion on the findings of The Afghan Papers. The discussants will be Sir Kevin Tebbit KCB CMG (former permanent undersecretary at the Ministry of Defence) and Professor Michael Clarke, director-general of RUSI and editor of The Afghan Papers.

Please note that all remarks given at the event will be strictly off the record. Copies of The Afghan Papers will be available to purchase at a special discounted rate.

This event is open to the public. Priority will be given to RUSI members and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To attend this event, please register online using the "Book your place" button above. If you have any queries please contact Sophie Cordes, Events Manager, at or call +44 (0)20 7747 4971.

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