Past event

Under 35s Forum

Combat as Politics: The Fusion of the Military and the Political in 21st Century Warfare

Chatham House, London


Emile Simpson, British Army Officer, Royal Gurkha Rifles (2006-12); Author, War From the Ground Up: Twenty-First-Century Combat as Politics
Chair: Claire Yorke, Manager, International Security Department, Chatham House


Based on first-hand experience, Emile Simpson will highlight the risks associated with eroding clear boundaries between the military and political spheres.

Armies can be caught between trying to defeat the enemy militarily - to establish conditions for a political solution - and directly influencing the political landscape through a combination of violent and non-violent means. He will argue that prosecution of the conflict in Afghanistan has seen a shift from the former to the latter, and consider the operational effectiveness of this development overall.

There will be reception after the event.

This is an Under 35s Forum event.