The recent debate over military action on Syria indicates that the lessons of intervention in ex-Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq are once again of primary importance for national policy. And as the 2015 SDSR process begins, RUSI believes the time is ripe for a full audit of Britain’s post-Cold War military interventions: they have been, in many respects, wars in a time of peace.
The Royal United Services Institute is therefore pleased to announce that it is hosting a conference at the Institute on Wars in Peace: Twenty years of British Military Operations on 9 October.
This all-day conference will therefore present and test provocative conclusions about the UK's military campaigns since the end of the Cold War. It will consider the strategy, evolution and conduct of military operations; effects on security at home in the UK; the economic and industrial costs; and what these campaigns have meant for Britain's standing in the world.
Confirmed contributors include:
- Sir Brian Burridge KCB CBE, Vice President Strategic Marketing, Finmeccanica UK Ltd and former Commander-in-Chief Strike Command, Royal Air Force
- Professor Michael Clarke, Director General, Royal United Services Institute
- Lieutenant General Sir Robert Fry KCB CBE, Chair, Albany Associates and former Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments) and Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq
- Professor Beatrice Heuser, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Reading
- Professor Sir David Omand GCB, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
- General Sir David Richards GCB CBE DSO ADC, former Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Armed Forces
- Dr Joel Rogers, Academic Director, YouGov and Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
This will be a day of rich discussion and thought-provoking debate. This conference is part of a set of activities that will culminate in the publishing of a major new RUSI book later this year.
A sandwich lunch will be served and the conference will be followed by an evening reception.
Please click here to view the programme.