The Institute brings leading practitioners and academics together at a variety of events including networking sessions, lectures, research seminars and conferences.


SSI will not be hosting events over the summer, please visit our website in September for new postings.

Forthcoming events

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Recent events

SSI Research Seminar

"Decision-Making in Foreign Policy Crises"

Professor Michael Clarke - Former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute

Evening Lecture - Thursday 17th November at 1830 hrs

Henderson Lecture Theatre - XFI Building, The Business School

Professor Michael Clarke – Formerly Director General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).  Career highlights include:

SSI Research Seminar

"What Keeps me Awake at Night?" - Mr Jon Day, Chairman Joint Intelligence Committee

Monday 16th November 2015, 1800 hrs

This evening lecture took place in the Bateman Lecture Theatre, Business School.

Mr Jon Day was appointed Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee at the Cabinet Office in March 2012. Prior to his appointment, Jon was 2nd Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Career highlights include:


“The Fog of Peace: Defence and Uncertainty” Inaugural Lecture of Professor Patrick Porter

Wednesday 29 April 2015 18.15

This lecture took place in Amory Building Moot Room and was followed by a drinks reception in Xfi

Again and again, stuff happens that shocks us. Despite investing in intelligence, contingent events catch us off guard, from disorder in the Ukraine, to revolutions like the Arab Spring. Experts and planners have a bad record of forecasting. So if we can't reliably predict the future, how can we be wise in preparing for it?

This problem attracts a contradictory response from planners. They say life is unpredictable, but they predict it, claiming their states have the prescient capacity to prevent crises upstream. Some realists struggle with uncertainty too, treating the world as inherently uncertain, yet also patterned and scientifically legible. Regarding ourselves as bringers of order into chaos, we are bound to be shocked.

Wisely preparing for the unknown goes beyond 'predicting better.' Two classical thinkers, Carl von Clausewitz and Hans Morgenthau, offer a resource for handling the problem. For both, preparation meant not technocratic risk management, but a political struggle to define and rank the national interest as a compass and it meant educating people to cope with unique situations, only then could states navigate the fog of peace.

For further information regarding Professor Patrick Porter please visit the College of Social Sciences and International Studies News page.

Access to the recorded lecture.


'A price worth paying?  Civilian casualties and public support for war' Dr Rob Johns, a Reader at Essex University

Tuesday 24 March 2015

In stark contrast to the expansive literature on military casualties and support for war, we know very little about whether and how mass publics react to foreign civilian casualties.  This presentation, based on representative sample surveys in the UK and the US, will report on a series of survey experiments in which information about civilian casualties is woven into vignettes about Western military action.  These generate consistent evidence of civilian casualty aversion. The casualty effects were moderate in size but robust across our two cases and across different military scenarios. They are also strikingly consistent even when casualties are from a religious outgroup or described in a less humanising manner, which points towards a cost-benefit rather than a social psychological model of casualty aversion.

Dr Rob Johns is a Reader in Politics from Essex University.  He arrived at Essex in October 2010 having previously worked in the Department of Government at the University of Strathclyde. His teaching and research are in the fields of political (and specifically electoral) behaviour, political psychology (especially the nature and origins of public opinion), and questionnaire design. Rob is a Principal Investigator on the 2011 Scottish Election Study and has worked on a number of other major survey projects.


Contemporary Security Challenges Lecture Series

The third lecture in SSI’s Contemporary Security Challenges Lecture Series was delivered at the end of October by the Professional Head of the British Army the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall.  His lecture entitled "The Implications of Future Security Challenges on Strategic Leadership in the 21st Century" was well received by all attendees, a mixture of senior university academics and staff, PhD students and SSI MStrat students.  General Peter spoke candidly about his experiences and gave real insight into the challenges he and the other Chiefs of Staff face in the contemporary security climate. 

As with all SSI lectures of this kind, attendees are reminded that it will be off the record and non-attributable.

Find out about past events held at the SSI or attended by our staff.

“Orde Wingate: Soldier, Commander, Leader”  Dr Simon Anglim, KCL

Tuesday 17 February 2015

Major General Orde Wingate was a pioneer of modern special and covert operations and counterinsurgency. Dr Anglim's presentation will focus on his development as a military practitioner and how this was rooted in his views of the nature of modern warfare, dwelling particularly on a much neglected aspect of military science, the role of the combat leader on the battlefield. The talk is tied in with the publication of his new book, 'Orde Wingate: Unconventional Warrior.’


“Under the Martial Gaze: The Logistics of Military Perception in the Age of Global Targeting”  Dr Antoine Bousquet, Birkbeck University - 2015

Littered with electronic sensors and criss-crossed by the watchful eyes of orbiting satellites and drone aircraft, the contemporary battlespace is placed under continuous and persistent surveillance. With precision-guided munitions that can be delivered to any position on the globe, any entity an advanced military organisation can perceive and track is liable to being hit with devastating accuracy and lethality. This contemporary martial condition can be encapsulated by the pithy formula offered by one prominent strategist that “visibility equals death.” This paper accordingly takes as its object the historical constitution and operation of the disembodied gaze presently surveying the planetary battlespace and that, through its key functions of sensing, imaging and mapping, comprises a critical constituent of contemporary exercises of targeting and applications of military power.


Reconciling Economics and Politics:  From the Marshall Plan to the G20 Summit”   Sir Nicholas Bayne KCMG LSE - 2015

Sir Nicholas Bayne KCMG was a British diplomat for 35 years. He served as Ambassador in Kinshasa, UK Representative to the OECD and Economic Director General at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was British High Commissioner to Canada from 1992 to 1996. In economic diplomacy, states try to reconcile three tensions, so that they reinforce each other and do not conflict.  These are the tensions between economics and politics; between international and domestic pressures; and between government and other forces. This lecture concentrates on reconciling economics and politics. Economic diplomacy can fail and did so fatally before and after the First World War.  In contrast this lecture analyses four examples of success: the Marshall Plan for Western Europe after World War II; the response to the end of the Cold War in Eastern Europe; the G8 summit and Africa; the emergence of the G20 summit.The conclusions pick out the key elements of successful economic diplomacy, noting why the earlier examples did better than the later ones.

Nationalism, Neo-Liberalism and Audience Costs: Japanese Public Attitudes towards China and Negotiating Space” led by Dr Graeme Davies a Senior Lecturer in International Security from Leeds University.  Was held in Knightley in 2 December 2014

Dr Davies presented theresults from a ecently conducted experiment examining Japanese public support for a variety of measures to secure the Senkaku Islands from China.  The paper examines how the dynamics of an international dispute affect audience costs and then it examines how competing nationalist and economic pressures affect approval for government policy choices. 

Dr Davies's talk fostered a lively debate regarding perception towards the use of military force in Asia and highlighted the multi-method approach which is increasingly used by SSI. 


MStrat Open Lecture 

"What keeps me awake at night" by Mr Jon Day, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee

In this recent open lecture, Mr Day,  the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, discussed the the key issues at the heart of British Security, what our leaders are most concerned bout and whether we should be concerned too. You are reminded that this talk was off the record and non-attributable.


ILMO Seminar

'UK Military Action against ISIS: Legal and Strategic Aspects' 

Dr Aurel Sari and Dr Daniel Steed were delighted with the huge turnout to discuss UK Military Action against ISIS: Legal and Strategic Aspects on Monday 6 October following Parliament's approval (on 26 September 2014) for British military intervention in Iraq against Islamic State by 524 to 43 votes.  The Government published a summary of its legal position for military action, suggesting that the consent of Iraq ‘provides a clear and unequivocal legal basis for the deployment of UK forces and military assets to take military action to strike [Islamic State] sites and military strongholds in Iraq.’

The seminar offered some initial thoughts on the legal and strategic aspects of this intervention and then led to a discussion.  The seminar formed part of the Research Programme on International Law and Military Operations (Law/SSI). For more information, please contact Dr Aurel Sari.


"Weaving Tangled Webs: Offense, Defence, and Deception in Cyberspace" by Professor Gartzke on Friday 19 September 2014

The Strategy and Security Institute was delighted to host Professor Erik Gartzke from the University of California, who spoke on cybersecurity with a talk entitled ‘Weaving Tangled Webs: Offense, Defence, and Deception in Cyberspace.’  The working paper version of this forthcoming Security Studies article (with Jon Lindsay) can be found here:

Professor Gartzke is widely regarded as a leading American expert on the impact that information and institutions play in war and peace. In addition to working at the University of California San Diego, Professor Gartzke was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Essex last year.


SSI Host General Petraeus at RUSI, 19 June 2014

With the crisis in Iraq fast unfolding, SSI was extremely privileged to host honorary professor General David Petraeus - the former Coalition Commander in Iraq and Afghanistan and Director of the CIA – at a working lunch and seminar in London.  This private session - inserted into a hectic schedule - was held at SSI's partner organisation, the Royal United Services Institute, in the heart of Whitehall.

Petraeus' engaged in a frank, wide-ranging and candid two hour discussion about the professional and personal aspects of strategic leadership.  He gave his assessment of the prospects for the Middle East and reaffirmed the US/UK 'special relationship'. 

Alex Neads, an SSI PhD candidate commented, "As I am researching Security Sector Reform and Military Capacity Building, the chance to engage with such a distinguished practitioner and thinker was an opportunity not to be missed."  Perhaps the most persistent impressions were those addressing the human costs of conflict.


"Market Competition and Private Military and Security Corporations: U.S. Policy in Iraq and Conflict Outcomes" Tuesday 29 April 2014

The Strategy and Security Institute hosted a seminar with Dr. Benjamin Tkach, who delivered a presentation titled “Market Competition and Private Military and Security Corporations: U.S. Policy in Iraq and Conflict Outcomes”. Dr. Tkach is a post-doctoral fellow at the Conflict and Development Center at Texas A&M University, which is a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development Higher Education Solutions Network. He is also a research fellow with the U.S. National Defense University and has collaborated on projects with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The session explored the effects of the globalization of security markets on U.S. operations in Iraq and beyond. A specific focus were the tactical and strategic consequences of U.S. dependency on the private sector for services, and their relationship to specific management characteristics associated with employing PMSCs in conflict.


European Defence in an Age of Austerity, 3 -5 April 2014

Seminar 55/2014 of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Scholarship Department. Download the programme for the SSI-KAS Workshop‌.


Frank Gardner Lecture

Frank (Arab and Islamic Studies 1984, Hon LLD 2007) was the special guest at the inaugural lecture within the University’s Global Uncertainties programme, which aims to foster high quality cross-discipline research to address key issues associated with global insecurity, uncertainty and rapid change. Frank offered his analysis of the situation in Egypt, Syria and the wider region.


"The Future of Financial Instability: States, Currencies, Clearing and Finance" - Thursday 13 February 2014

The Strategy and Security Institute hosted a seminar with Dr Michael Stenton, Royal Marines Strategic Studies Lecturer whose talk addressed "The real story of the Global Financial Crisis and the truth about the relationship between money and power".

Does money generate power or does power generate money? Dr Michael Stenton, a former Cambridge Historian and Strategic Studies Lecturer to the Royal Marines gave an alternative perspective on the Global Financial Crisis and its real strategic implications. Where does power really lie in the global financial system and what does it mean for Governments? Does austerity make sense and what are the hard power implications for the West?

As with all SSI lectures of this kind, attendees are reminded that this talk took place under the Chatham House Rule.


'Intervention: balancing practicalities with a usable legal and ethical basis'– Wednesday 22 January 2014

The Strategy and Security Institute and the Law School were delighted to host a joint seminar with Iain King CBE.  Iain King works as a Senior Government Advisor at the Department for International Development (DFID).  In previous roles, he has held positions in Kosovo, advised the UN Secretary General on Africa and worked as a stabilisation advisor in Afghanistan.

In his presentation, Mr King addressed the following question: "Should we look to an ethics rather than law-based approach to intervention?" In a world of over 200 states, many classed as failed, failing or fragile, the inclination - or requirement - to intervene will, despite Western weariness with Afghanistan, be a key consideration for policy and lawmakers in the near future. Mr. King's talk conceptualized the importance of incorporating ethical, legal, and strategic considerations in an anarchic international environment. 


The US-China Strategic Relationship and the Imperative of Regional Security: A Southeast Asian Perspective

SSI was delighted to welcome Professor Joseph Liow, from the prestigious Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), who took time out from his writing sabbatical to deliver a lecture on contemporary strategic drivers in the Asia Pacific region. The rise of China, the implications of a US strategic 'pivot' and the resulting prospects for cooperation and confrontation provided a rich set of issues and a stimulating discussion period.

Professor Joseph Liow is Professor of Comparative and International Politics and Associate Dean at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. 

You can read more about Professor Liow by following this link:

Talking to Terrorists Sessions 2013

General Sir Paul Newton spent a couple of hours with Politics and Arab and Islamic Insitute students as part of the CSSIS 'Meet the Professor' sessions.  Sir Paul's seminar sessions entitled "Talking to Terrorists" were well attended and enjoyed by a mixed group of students.  A 3rd Year BA History & Politics student, Rowley Sword, had this to say about the sessions:


General Sir Paul Newton spent a couple of hours with Politics and Arab and Islamic Insitute students as part of the CSSIS 'Meet the Professor' sessions.  Sir Paul's seminar sessions entitled "Talking to Terrorists" were well attended and enjoyed by a mixed group of students.  A 3rd Year BA History & Politics student, Rowley Sword, had this to say about the sessions:

"‘Talking to Terrorists’ with Sir Paul Newton was an interesting new approach introduced by the Strategy and Security Institute. Not really knowing what to expect with the seminar the approach was very different, taking a much more practical and hands-on approach. The purpose seemed very much about teaching new skills that one would use in a more practical situation, with all us students in the seminar taking an active role in analytical thinking, presentation skills and thinking outside the box. I enjoyed exploring the situation Sir Paul was himself involved in, in Iraq when the strategy adjusted to try and create a working relationship with opposition groups previously perceived as the enemy. It was also quite a unique way to involve the students, pretty unexpected but nonetheless an insight into the skills needed in the working world as well as an insight to the activities of Sir Paul. It provided strong employment coaching which I think the seminar was particularly focused on. I think this is part of what SSI is hoping to deliver to Exeter a more practical and active approach to academia and an insight into strategic and security issues."

A 3rd Year BA History & Politics student, Rowley Sword, had this to say about Sir Paul's session


The third lecture in SSI’s Contemporary Security Challenges Lecture Series was delivered at the end of October by the Professional Head of the British Army the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall.  His lecture entitled "The Implications of Future Security Challenges on Strategic Leadership in the 21st Century" was well received by all attendees, a mixture of senior university academics and staff, PhD students and SSI MStrat students.  General Peter spoke candidly about his experiences and gave real insight into the challenges he and the other Chiefs of Staff face in the contemporary security climate. 

As with all SSI lectures of this kind, attendees are reminded that it will be off the record and non-attributable.

General Sir Peter Wall’s lecture on the implications of future security challenges on strategic leadership in the 21st century was insightful and interesting, however, it was in the Q&A immediately after the lecture where Sir Peter really impressed. He genuinely engaged with every question thrown at him, no matter if they were posed to him by undergraduates, postgraduates, professors or professional soldiers. Later on, over an eclectic mix of fish and chips, beef sliders and ravioli at the working supper, he continued to give candid answers to questions from a broad range of topics such as Syria, Libya, the ‘Special Relationship’ or the challenges involved in reducing the size of the British army in accordance with the Strategic Defence and Security Review. He was not only willing to answer the questions but on a few occasions entered into more detailed discussions, asking the opinions of others in the room. It was this back-and-forth of views, insights and perspectives that made the event that little bit more than your average university guest lecture.

Tobias Borck, an MStrat student, expresses his views on the occasion.

As an MStrat student who is constantly surprised by the access we have to high-level decision makers, the visit of General Sir Peter Wall was another truly memorable experience. Not only was he willing to undertake a frank and illuminating lecture, but the reception held afterwards gave a rare insight into the person. Being fortunate enough to be seated at the same table as the General and take part in the Q&A session, this enabled me, an inexperienced student at the start of my career, to engage, without of hint a condescension, a man at the very top of his profession.

Another MStrat Student, Alastair Cole had this to say about the time General Peter spent with SSI.

Grand Challenges

3-13 June 2013 

Academic staff from the Strategy and Security Institute challenged first year undergraduate students to consider the dilemma 'Human security v power politics: the debate about international security' at the Grand Challenges event in 2013.  This dilemma was led by Sir Paul Newton and Dr Danny Steed and looked at the UK National Security Agenda.  The group spent ten days in June participating in a series of activities designed to introduce them to the issues and complexities associated with UK National Security. 

Some students within this group have already had the opportunity to hear Sir John Scarlett, a former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), and Mr Jon Day, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee talk about national security. 

Particular focus on the issues of terrorism, cyber-warfare, inter-state warfare, and stabilisation efforts forced students to engage not only with current national security concerns, but will also encouraged them to develop outputs to inform an audience beyond Exeter. They wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, produced a series of podcasts and put together a formal presentation for academics and practitioners.

Students attending this Grand Challenges inquiry benefited from a wealth of practitioner expertise: guests included the Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP - former Secretary of State for Defence; Robert Fox – nationally acclaimed Defence journalist; General (Retd) Jerry Thomas RM – former Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Intelligence Capability); Mr William Nye, Principal Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales and Dr Stephanie Blair – from DfID’s Stabilisation Unit.

Read more details about the letter to the PM and the response from the National Security Advisor on our Blog.

Contemporary Security Challenges Lecture Series

The second lecture in SSI’s Contemporary Security Challenges Lecture Series was given last week by Sir John Scarlett, former 'Chief' of the Secret Intelligence Service or MI6, a member of the SSI Advisory Board and a SSI Honorary Professor – someone uniquely placed to put the proper use (and misuse) of intelligence into context.

Sir John’s spoke as a career intelligence officer and began his talk on ‘Intelligence Success’ and ‘Intelligence Failure’ - what intelligence can and cannot do in the real world  by giving a brief history of the Service, touching on both the history and continuing importance of Bletchley and how the Service still lives in the shadow of Enigma.  Sir John then introduced the debate about intelligence and what it really means; does it clarify the issue or simply reinforce what you already thought?  He introduced the concept of ‘successes’ and ‘failures’ of intelligence in the context of D-Day, followed by intelligence during the Cold War before engaging the audience on the intelligence issues of more recent global events; including the 9/11 attacks and the 7/7 bombers even including some thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombers.

Immediately after the lecture, Prof Paul Cornish, the then MStrat Programme Director, Chaired a Seminar with Sir John Scarlett covering the subject and its dilemmas in more depth.

All attendees of this lecture and the subsequent seminar are reminded that this event was off the record and non-attributable.


"The Responsibility to Protect" by Mr Nick Beadle CMG

Wednesday 20 March 2013 1330 - 1500hrs in Streatham Court 0.28

Mr Nick Beadle, an SSI Honorary Professor, is a former Private Secretary to successive Secretaries of State for Defence and a cross-Whitehall senior adviser on policy for operations. He led the Cabinet Office Afghanistan/Pakistan Strategy and Communications teams from 2008-2010 and served in Baghdad in 2004-2005 as the coalition's Senior Adviser to the Iraqi Ministry of Defence. He has also worked in No10 and the FCO, and on NATO, European Union, and UN policy. His final post before retiring from the Civil Service was in the National Security Secretariat on the Government's response to the Libya uprising.  He is now a consultant who also lectures at Harvard.

Mr Beadle delivered a detailed lecture combining the theoretical perspectives of the 'Right to Protect' with his own personal experience’s surrounding the UK’s decision making during the Libyan uprising. This was followed by a Q&A session were University of Exeter Students and SSI members questioned Mr Beadle on his personal experiences of R2P in practice. His candid and humorous responses carried the session in to the final discussion regarding topics specific to the University of Exeter’s Grand Challenge’s programme.

In support of Mr Beadle talk on R2P, Dr Michael Addo a  member of the Law Department and a Member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, has suggested some key readings that will provide an excellent introduction to the subject. 

Those easily found online are:

The Responsibility to Protect.  Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2001)

A More secure World: Our Shared Responsibility.  Report of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, UN Doc. A/59/565 (2004)

UN Secretary General, Report on Implementing the Responsibility to Protect, UN Doc. A/63/677 (2009)

“Remote Attack and the Law” by Air Commodore (Retd) Dr William Boothby  - A Joint Law/SSI Event

Thursday 14 March 2013 1200 – 1300hrs, Amory Room A128

If fighting at a distance is nothing new, does it make a difference if attackers remain completely out of harm’s way?  If there are rules for fighting with the bayonet, the rifle and the mortar, how can they apply to hostilities using a keyboard, a mouse and an enter key?  And outer space belongs to nobody, so we can do what we like, right?  Do novel methods of warfare change the legal landscape forever, or is there life in the old legal dog yet?  These are some of the questions that I will try to grapple with during this lecture.

About Dr William Boothby

In 2011 Bill Boothby retired from the RAF Legal Branch at the end of a 30 year career.  For several years he has taken a particular interest in international law, achieving his Doktor Iuris at the Europa Viadrina University in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany in 2009.  In the same year he published 'Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict' and in 2012 'The Law of Targeting', both with OUP.  He is currently working on the final volume in his international law trilogy.  He sees dissemination of the law, and developing it to keep it up to date and relevant, as vital twin objectives to which he tries to devote himself.  His aim in delivering this lecture is to be thought-provoking and to generate a lively  and rich discussion.

“The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare” - by Professor Michael Schmitt, Chairman of the International Law Department at the United States Naval War College.  A Joint Law/SSI Event.

Monday 11 March 2013

Professor Mike Schmitt, Chairman of the International Law Department at the United States Naval War College, delivered a guest lecture jointly for both the Law Department and the Strategy and Security Institute. Professor Schmitt delivered a lecture outlining the processes behind the creation of the Tallinn Manual, designed in order to provide guidance as to the current status of applicable international law to the emerging arena of cyber warfare. Professor Schmitt outlined the intent behind the manual, as well as how it was constructed, before taking his audience into the empirical practice of cyber warfare activities in the contemporary strategic environment.

The US book launch of the Tallinn Manual was held at the Atlantic Council in Washington and was broadcast live nationally. Watch here

Inaugural Lecture of Professor Sir Paul Newton

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Professor Sir Paul Newton gave his inaugural lecture titled 'A Constructive Contrarian: Driving Change' on Wednesday 6 March in the Xfi Lecture Theatre.

At an evening lecture attended by over 130 staff, students and guests, Sir Paul outlined why policymakers find it so hard to navigate the fast-changing security landscape. Using historical and contemporary examples, he explained why adaptation is failing to keep pace and what a policy-facing interdisciplinary network such as SSI can do to help address the growing strategy gap. 

Afghanistan Seminar: Counter Insurgency and the Politics of Statebuilding

Wednesday 13 February 2013 1300 - 1630hrs, Room 0.28 in Streatham Court

This workshop was a joint event between the Strategy and Security Institute and the Department of Politics.  Our presenters drew on their considerable experience and addressed both the security and political environments of contemporary Afghanistan more than a decade after the Western intervention began and with the end of NATO combat operations in sight.

Contributors to this session included Sir Paul Newton, Maj Gen (Retd) Jerry Thomas, Mr Timor Sharan on 'The network politics of statebuilding and the 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan' and Ms Lucy Morgan Edwards on 'An alternative vision for transition in Afghanistan'.  This event was part of the Central Asia Seminar Series convened by Dr John Heathershaw.

The SSI Director of Education, Dr Victoria Basham, has written some thoughts further to the workshop, view more here.

RSIS Singapore visit

29 - 31 January 2013

Professor Sir Paul Newton visited one of Asia's leading security institutions in January to give lectures on military adaptation, strategic leadership and professional education. View more.

"The Philosophy Gap in Strategic Understanding: An American Perspective" by Frank Hoffman Wednesday

16 January 2013, 1200 - 1400hrs, Matrix Lecture Theatre, Building One

A former US Marine, Frank Hoffman is now an Honorary Fellow at SSI and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the US National Defense University. His lecture, which was the first of our 2013 Lunchtime Lecture series, focused on the ‘strategy gap’ between policy development and the operational implementation of strategy.

"Drone Warfare: A Question of Legitimacy" by Professor Steven Haines

Monday 21 January 2013, 1200 - 1400hrs, Council Chamber, Northcote House

This talk was given by Professor Steven Haines, a former naval officer, who is currently Professor of Public International Law at the University of Greenwich.  His latest publication is a two-chapter contribution to 'International Law and the Classification of Conflict' (OUP, 2012), the result of a three-year research project conducted under Chatham House auspices.  


The Strategist's Pursuit and the Role of Control

0900-1100hrs , Wednesday 12 December 2012

Strategy is an inherently competitive pursuit, whereby reacting opponents use force to obtain their ends in a contest for control over their adversary. In this lecture by Dr Danny Steed, students were introduced to the adversarial nature of strategy and why the role of control holds such an important place.  Students were also taken into the past to highlight some of the best known cases of the establishment of control.

Contemporary Security Challenges Lecture Series

1530hrs Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The inaugural lecture in this series was given by the then Director of MI5 it proved a great success, Sir Jonathon Evans gave an off-the-record lecture on "Strategy and Security: a personal view".  Following an interesting Q&A session he then took part in an invitation-only seminar attended by Sir Steve Smith and Chaired by SSI's Director of Research, Professor Gareth Stansfield, the topics under discussion were:

Topic 1: “The complexities of securing the state: has the rarefying of individual rights undermined the collective security of all?” introduced by Professor Paul Cornish.

Topic 2: “Geopolitical transitions: Europe and the Middle East / North Africa are both regions in transition. Will changes in the latter enhance / jeopardise UK National Security and, what, if anything, can UK institutions do about this opportunity / threat?” introduced by Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer. View more about our lecture series. 

SSI would like to thank all those Exeter students and staff who have upheld our promise that this lecture would be off the record and non-attributable. 

Talking to Terrorists

These small interactive sessions were open to students in Politics and Arab and Islamic Studies and involved discussions on issues relating to terrorism. October 2012. Find out more.

Conference at RUSI - Contemporary Security Challenges and Developing Relevant Capabilities 

A two-day invitation only workshop in September 2012 at the Royal United Services Institute at Whitehall in London brought together key people from Cabinet Office, Foreign Office MoD, regional experts, practitioners, government strategists and others. View more

Visit to HQ NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in the field 

In October 2012 the Institute visited the Headquarters of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps while they were on exercise at RAF St Mawgan. The trip offered an opportunity to see how a crisis simulation is planned and executed by a major military command. View more.

US Army War College Conference in Carlisle, USA 

Sir Paul Newton was a speaker at the US Army War College Conference in April 2012 and was a member of the panel considering the US Role in the World and Role of Partners: International Perspectives offering a partner's perspective on US strategic options in an age of austerity. View more.