The Royal United Services Institute is proud to announce this year’s Winner of the Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature: Sir Lawrence Freedman’s A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East.
Sir Lawrence Freedman KCMG, Professor of War Studies at King’s College, London and the Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign, will be presented with the Medal for Military Literature by His Grace, the Duke of Westminster, and will deliver a lecture on the winning title to a distinguished audience at the Royal United Services Institute.
The event will take place on 1st July from 13:00 to 14:30, with a sandwich lunch from 12.30. Following the Award Presentation, there will be a further ceremony celebrating the launch of RUSI’s Library as the Library of Military History, with brief remarks made by his Grace and Sir Lawrence and a drinks reception.
There have been a number of books examining US foreign policy in the Middle East, but none have taken the route of Sir Lawrence’s in describing the current situation. A Choice of Enemies traces three conflicts between the US and forces in the region; with the Taliban in Afghanistan, with Iran over nuclear power, and with a still unsettled Iraq. This work is a superb effort to trace the history of these three conflicts, with an underlying political analysis which is both rewarding and original. The usual list of suspects like Neo-conservatives, Israel, and Hawks are left behind as Sir Lawrence searches for a deeper understanding of the root causes of these three conflicts.
To find out more about the award, visit www.rusi.org/westminstermedal
The Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature has been awarded annually since 1997. The award is bestowed for the best book in the English language by a living author, regardless of nationality, gender or age, which represents in the opinion of the Awarding Board a notable and original contribution to the study of international or national security, or the military professions.
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