Seminar Series

During semesters 1 & 2 the Institute for the Study of War and Strategy hosts a seminar series. Seminars are held on Monday evenings every two weeks and feature speakers from academia and the public sector.

Details of the seminars are circulated by IR Events and can also be found on the University’s Events webpage.

Information on upcoming and previous 2019/20 seminars can be found below with links to the speakers’ biographies:

Upcoming – Semester 2

Professor Ulf Schmidt – University of Kent. ‘Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments‘ on Monday 3rd February, 1700-1900, Arts Lecture Theatre

Professor David Whetham – Kings College London. ‘Military Ethics Education – Home and Away‘ on Monday 17th February, 1700-1900, Arts Lecture Theatre

Dr Adrian Florea – University of Glasgow. ‘Civil Wars and State (Un)Making‘ on Monday 2nd March, 1700-1900, Arts Lecture Theatre

Professor Stephen Biddle – Columbia University. ‘The Strategic Challenges of “Forever Wars”‘ on Thursday 12th March, 1700-1900, Seminar Room 3


Previous – Semester 1

Professor Hew Strachan – University of St Andrews. ‘The Utility of Force and the British Public

Professor David Reynolds – Cambridge University. Book Launch: ‘The Second Most Powerful Man in the World‘ by Phillips O’Brien

Professor Andrew Lambert – Kings College London. ‘Seapower States

Dr Kristin Ven Bruusgaard – Stanford University. ‘From Soviet to Russian Nuclear Strategy

Peter Watkins – Former Director General, Strategy & International, Ministry of Defence (2014-2018). ‘Deterrence, Defence and European Security’