Sir Lawrence Freedman to deliver annual David Davies Memorial Institute lecture


Former Iraq Inquiry member and one of the world’s most renowned experts on war and strategic studies, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman will deliver the 2017 David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI) Annual Lecture at Aberystwyth University.
In his lecture ‘The Future of Discretionary Warfare: Criteria for the use of Force’, Professor Freedman will address the criteria likely to shape the future use of force in international politics.
The lecture takes place at the Main Hall at the Department of International Politics at 6.30pm on Tuesday 7 February 2017.
Professor Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London. A member of the department since 1982, his research focuses on the history of strategy and contemporary defence and foreign policy issues.
In 2009 he was appointed to the Iraq Inquiry (better known as the Chilcot Inquiry) which examined Britain’s role in the 2003 Iraq War.
Professor Freedman has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the cold war, as well as commentating regularly on contemporary security issues.
Among his books are Kennedy's Wars: Berlin, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam (2000), The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (3rd edition 2004), Deterrence (2005), the two volume Official History of the Falklands Campaign (second edition 2007) and an Adelphi Paper on The Transformation in Strategic Affairs (2004).
A Choice of Enemies: America confronts the Middle East, won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature. His most recent book is Strategy: A History (2013).
Jan Ruzicka, Director of the DDMI, said: “‘We are truly privileged to have Sir Lawrence Freedman as our speaker this year. Historically, the use of force has been fundamental to international order. In today’s turbulent world the issues surrounding it are more complex than ever.”
The David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies was established in 1951 to commemorate Lord David Davies of Llandinam and is supported again this year by the Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity.
There is an open invitation to everyone to attend the lecture and a free drinks reception which takes place at the Department of International Politics, starting at 6pm.

About the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI)
The DDMI was established in 1951 to commemorate the work of Lord Davies in promoting a more orderly and just world through international cooperation, law, and organisation. A primary aim of the DDMI is to build bridges between the academic and practitioner worlds and to provide a forum in which policy-makers, officials, NGOs, academics and the wider public can share different views and perspectives on the most important challenges in contemporary world politics. The Institute also seeks to serve the wider community by engaging in public education activities that promote greater awareness of international and global challenges.

About Aberystwyth University www.aber.ac.uk
Established in 1872, Aberystwyth is a leading teaching and research university. In the 2016 National Student Survey, the University was ranked the best in Wales and one of the top ten higher education institutions in the UK for overall student satisfaction. It is one of the top 40 universities in the UK according to the Times Higher Education’s World Rankings 2015-16 and is 35th in the UK for ‘Research Quality’ (Sunday Times University Guide 2015). The University is a community of around 11,000 students and 2,000 staff and is about creating opportunities, research with excellence that makes an impact, teaching that inspires, engaging the world, working in partnership and investing in our future. Registered charity No 1145141.

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