What is War today?

Symposium presented by the Churchill Archives Centre. 22–23 November 2016

Watch the panels

What is War today?

Symposium presented by the Churchill Archives Centre. 22–23 November 2016

Watch the panels

About

What is War today?
What lessons can we learn from the past?
What challenges might we face in the future?

The views expressed are the views of the speakers and contributors alone, and are not endorsed or otherwise by Churchill College in any way whatsoever.

This two day symposium, presented by the Churchill Archives Centre on the 22–23 November 2016, brought together speakers from the worlds of academia, the military, politics and international diplomacy to debate the nature of war today. 

#churchillatwar

Programme

Day 1

Afternoon Session: “How do we learn from the past?”

Day 2

Morning Session: “How do we prepare for the future?”

Watch the panels

Welcome & Introduction
What do we mean by War?

Professor Sir Hew Strachan & General Sir Nick Houghton with introduction by Professor Dame Athene Donald.

Panel 1: How do we learn from the past? 

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (Chair)
Gill Bennett, Rear Admiral Christopher Parry, Professor Andrew Preston, General Sir Roger Wheeler.

Panel 2: Why are we fighting today?

Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe (Chair)
Professor Nigel Biggar
Sir John Holmes
Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Panel 3: The strategic and operational reality of war today 

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (Chair) 
Lieutenant General Phil Jones
Admiral Sir Trevor Soar
Air Marshal Greg Bagwell 

Day 2: Introduction
How do we prepare for the future?

Introduction by Professor Brendan Simms

Panel 4: How do we end conflicts?

Professor David Howarth (Chair)
Professor Paul Rogers, Dr Justine Huxley, Alice Musabende 

Panel 5 (Part I): How do we prepare for a new kind of war?

Professor Malcolm Chalmers (Chair)
Professor Ross Anderson
Lord Paddy Ashdown
Professor Christine Chinkin,
Professor Caroline Kennedy Pipe
Dr Makram Khoury-Machool 

Panel 5 (Part II) & Concluding remarks


Professor Malcolm Chalmers (Chair)
Professor Ross Anderson
Lord Paddy Ashdown
Professor Christine Chinkin
Professor Caroline Kennedy Pipe
Dr Makram Khoury-Machool