Guest Lecture - The Future of War; A History

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Leiden University, PJ de Veth Building, Nonnensteeg 3

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, in collaboration with the Netherlands Defence Academy and Leiden University, will host one of today's most eminent military and strategic thinkers, Prof. Sir Lawrence Freedman. He will talk about his latest book The Future of War; A History. How have past generations grappled with the unpredictable future trajectory of war and warfare? Going back to thinking about war in the future from 1870 onwards, the book takes a very sobering look at the many pitfalls and shortcomings associated with  this kind of future gazing. Time and again we are caught unawares, confronted by new types of actors and new developments in strategic thinking and in weapon technology. The arguments highlight the Clausewitzean truism that war indeed is a chameleon, changing its shape to given circumstances. In his lecture Prof. Freedman will discuss the changes and the continuities in thinking about future war.

Date: Tuesday 20 March 2018

Time: 15.00 welcome, 15.30 start lecture - 17.00 end

Place: Leiden University, PJ de Veth Building, Nonnensteeg 3, Room 101

No pre-registration necessary.

Sir Lawrence Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London. He was the official historian of the Falklands Campaign, and a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War ('the Chilcot Inquiry'). He has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the Cold War, and comments regularly on contemporary security issues. His book, Strategy, was a Financial Times and Economist book of the year; A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature. 

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