Heroes and Heroin: The Role of the Afghan National Army
Patrick Hennessey, author and former soldier, will discuss the role of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and consider whether they could serve as a long term solution to peace and stability in Afghanistan. With first-hand experience of the Afghan conflict, the speaker will analyse the ANA's recent development; its role in the battle against the insurgence and the cultivation of opium; and question the mentoring approach that has been adopted by coalition forces.
Patrick Hennessey joined the British Army in 2004 and served in the Balkans, Africa, South East Asia and the Falkland Islands. He completed operational tours to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2007 where he became the youngest Captain in the British Army and was commended for gallantry. His account of the realities of modern day army life, The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars, was published this year.
There will be an open reception beforehand from 18.30-19.00.