The Institute for the Study of War and Strategy was delighted to host the UK’s Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon on 2 February 2017. He gave postgraduate students from the School of International Relations the opportunity of engaging in discussion in a closed session before he delivered a lecture on ‘Resurgent Russia’ in the Buchanan lecture theatre. The event attracted such a large audience that it had to be live streamed to Schools I and II. His lecture was subsequently discussed in the national media. Sir Michael is an alumnus of the University of St Andrews, and we hope that this was not his last visit to his alma mater.