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Command: The Politics of Military Operations from Korea to Ukraine

23 September 2022, 6.30pm

'Command' book cover
'Command' book cover
'Command' book cover
23 September 2022, 6.30pm

Command: The Politics of Military Operations from Korea to Ukraine

Join Sir Lawrence Freedman as he explores the concept of military command and reveals how this assertion of authority is also a deeply political tool.
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Military command has been reconstructed and revolutionised since the Second World War by nuclear warfare, small-scale guerrilla land operations and cyber interference.

Events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Falklands conflict, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the conflict in Ukraine have highlighted the political nature of strategic thinking.

In this fascinating talk, Sir Lawrence Freedman offers a global perspective on command and shows that military decision making cannot be separated from civilian priorities nor the wider political picture.

The speaker

Sir Lawrence Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London. He was the official historian of the Falklands campaign, and a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War (‘the Chilcot Inquiry’). He has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the Cold War, and comments regularly on contemporary security issues – most recently the war in the Ukraine.

He is the author of The Future of War, A History, a Financial Times and Economist book of the year, and A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East, which won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature.

Sir Lawrence Freedman

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23 September 2022
6.30pm - 7.30pm
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National Army Museum (Atrium)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4HT United Kingdom


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