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.

This Semester:



Monday 1st November, 5-7pm: Professor Sally Paine – U.S. Naval War College – The Geopolitics of Continental and Maritime Power: China, Russia, Britain, and the United States

Monday 15th November, 5-7pm: Prof Michael Hunzeker – George Mason University – Dying to Learn: The BEF and Wartime Learning on the Western Front

Information on previous 2020/21 seminars can be found below:

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

Previous – Semesters 1 & 2

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’

Professor Ulf Schmidt – University of Kent. ‘Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments