27 March 2019

The Oxford Research Group’s Remote Warfare Programme held a two day conference from 28 February to 1 March entitled ‘Conceptualising Remote Warfare: The Past, Present and Future’. The conference brought together a wide range of experts from the military, academia, civil society and parliament and explored the many aspects of remote warfare. The event was sponsored by the British International Studies Association (BISA). 

The diverse range of speakers provided both theoretical examinations, as well as practical and policy relevant discussions about how nations like the UK engage in military operations abroad.

Professor Sir Hew Strachan delivered an enlightening keynote speech on the relationship between strategy and democracy.

About the speaker

Sir Hew Strachan is a Scottish military historian and Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Hew Strachan read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MA, PhD), and he was Research Fellow (1975 to 1978) and Fellow (1979 to 1992) of the College, and is now a Life Fellow. From 1978 to 1979 he was Senior Lecturer in War Studies and International Affairs at the RMA Sandhurst. In 1992 he was appointed Professor Modern History at the University of Glasgow and established the Scottish Centre for War Studies. He took up the Chichele Professorship of the History of War at Oxford in January 2002, becoming a Fellow of All Souls College (where he is now an Emeritus Fellow) and directing Oxford’s Programme on the Changing Character of War from 2004 to 2012. He serves on the Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Advisory Panel and on the Defence Academy Advisory Board, and is a specialist advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the National Security Strategy. He is a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum and a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of its global thinkers of 2012, and he was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours and won the Pritzker Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2016. He joined the University of St Andrews in 2015.