Conceptualising Remote Warfare: The Past, Present and Future

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Instead of sending large numbers of their own troops, recent campaigns against IS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, and others have seen Western and non-Western nations leave the bulk of the frontline fighting to local and regional groups - limiting their own involvement to training, airsupport, intelligence, equipment and the deployment of Special Forces or private contractors. This is remote warfare.


Time: 28th February 10.00-18.30 and 1st March 9.30-18.00

We will are hosting a two-day workshop which will engage a wide range of experts from academia, the military, government, and civil society to explore the past, present, and future of remote warfare. We will address questions such as what is remote warfare? How does it differ between nations and regions? What are the historical roots of remote warfare? What is the future of remote warfare?

*Please be aware that the programme is still being finalised and some of the timings may change

Kenynote Speech: Professor Sir Hew Strachan*

Time: 28th February, 6.30-7.30 (followed by a drinks reception)

*Our keynote lecture is open to all.

Sir Hew is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He is an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His recent books include The First World War: Volume 1: To Arms (2001), The First World War: an illustrated history (2003; related to a multi-part television series and translated into many languages), Clausewitz’s On War: a Biography (2007), and The Direction of War (2013).

Sir Hew was a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum from 2010 to 2018 and chaired the IWM's First World War Galleries Advisory Group, the body which oversaw the historical content of the new galleries opened as part of IWM's Regeneration programme in 2014. He is also the Chair of the Second World War Galleries Advisory Group

Schedule for conference

Day 1: Thursday

1000-1030: Registration & Welcome Refreshments

1030-1200: Panel 1: Theorising Remote Warfare

1200-1300: Lunch

1300-1430: Panel 2: The Oversight and Accountability of Remote Warfare

1430-1445: Refreshment Break

1445-1615: Panel 3: Building Partner Capacity and Remote Warfare

1615-1630: Refreshment Break

1630-1800: Panel 4: Outsourcing Remote Warfare

1830-1930: Keynote with Professor Sir Hew Strachan

1930-2000: Wine reception

Day 2: Friday

900-930: Registration & Welcome Refreshments

930–1100: Panel 5: The legality and transparency of Remote Warfare

1100-1130: Refreshment Break

1130-1300: Panel 6: The Geographies and Intimacies of Remote Warfare

1330-1400: Lunch

1400-1530: Panel 5: The Cost and Consequences of Remote Warfare

1530-1600Refreshment Break

1600-1800: Roundtable: AI and the Future of Remote Warfare

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