Following some tough experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have seen Western militaries adjust their strategies for countering terrorist groups. Instead of sending large numbers of their own troops, recent campaigns against Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, al-Qaida and others have left the bulk of the frontline fighting to local groups with Western support.

This is a remote form of warfare, and our team has spent the last 18 months conducting interviews, field research, and roundtables to try and assess how well it is working as a strategy.

We currently have Professor Patrick Porter, Professor Michael Clarke and Dr Louise Arimatsu confirmed to discuss the political, legal, and military implications of this approach to warfare, followed by a lively Q&A session and wine reception.

Come and join us to debate things like:

  • Is remote warfare lawful but awful?

  • Is the British military any good at it?

  • And can we expect a better peace as a result of it?