Past eventSpecial Event

Britain's Armed Forces: Glorious Past, Uncertain Future

18 September 2008 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Sir Max Hastings, Author and Commentator; Editor and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Telegraph (1986-95)
Chair: Dr Paul Cornish, Carrington Chair in International Security and Head, International Security Programme, Chatham House



The speaker will consider the present and future of Britain's armed forces against the background of their history, and will argue that urgent attention is needed to ensure that they are 'fit for purpose' in the decades ahead. He will question whether any government could be persuaded to increase the proportion of GDP devoted to defence, and whether the current social culture makes it difficult to effectively deploy armed forces even in more popular causes than those of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event will be followed by a pre-dinner reception (cash bar), and dinner at 20.00. Chatham House members who would like to attend the dinner (3 courses including wine and coffee at £60 per head) are asked to book on 020 7827 5730 or email [email protected]. Dress for dinner will be Black Tie and Medals.