A lecture by Colonel Richard Kemp CBE, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan.
Britain, the US and other Western nations have invested significant resources, many soldiers’ lives and much political capital in Afghanistan since 2001. We can expect further casualties and resource expenditure in the country in the coming years. None of this, especially the loss of our soldiers, can be justified unless we succeed in this conflict. In his lecture, Colonel Kemp will define success and how we can we achieve it. He will also assess what is at stake at home, in Afghanistan, in the wider region and globally if we fail.
Colonel Richard Kemp CBE was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan in 2003. He spent the last five years of his three decade military career at the UK Cabinet Office, where he worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and the national crisis management group, COBRA. He had previously completed a total of 14 active duty tours as a military commander in Northern Ireland and many global hotspots. Working alongside US forces, he took part in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, commanded British troops within the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia and was counter-terrorism adviser to the Macedonian government. Colonel Kemp is a commentator in the national and international print and broadcast media on defence and security, and author of Attack State Red, a best-selling account of combat operations in Afghanistan.
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