The Future Of War
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When Boris Johnson commissioned his landmark security and foreign policy review, set to define the UK’s role in the world, the man he put in charge was not a career civil servant or diplomat. Instead, he brought in an historian; a biographer of British statemen and expert in realpolitik, picked for his ability to see the bigger picture.
Our panel of defence and security experts consider how an understanding of history can help shape contemporary statecraft: Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter; defence analyst and former special adviser to the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy Michael Clarke (Britain’s Persuaders); and historian Margaret Macmillan (War: How Conflict Shaped Us). Chaired by Allan Mallinson (The Shape of Battle).