Global Leadership Programme: “Instability and conflict in the 21st century”

London, United Kingdom

Tue Apr 28 2015

Event type

  • Public
  • Event

King’s College London's Department of War Studies, in partnership with the King’s Think Tank, a student-led policy institute, is to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death by addressing the issues and answers to instability and conflict in the 21st century, in all its facets.

Part of the wider ‘Churchill 2015 – 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme and Seminar’, King's College London's contribution aims to create a truly inter-generational study of modern conflict. A junior panel composed of ten King's College London undergraduates has been addressing this issue alongside a senior panel composed of the following experts:

  • Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London and the official historian of the Falklands conflict
  • Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Former British Ambassador to Washington
  • Sir David Omand, Former Director of GCHQ
  • General Sir Rob Fry, Former Commandant General Royal Marines
  • Dr Edwina Moreton, Former Diplomatic Editor of the Economist

The senior panel members have been been working closely on this project with the ten undergraduates since the start of the year.

Having met on 3 February 2015 to scope out five key themes, the junior panel presented their findings to the senior panel of leading experts on 28 April 2015.

Under the topic of 'Instability and Conflict', the presentation sought to shed light on the major issues facing the 21st Century as part of the wider "Churchill 2015 – 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme and Seminar."

The topics the undergraduates chose to consider ranged from new approaches to grand strategy to 21st Century forms of propaganda, and from human security to privacy and the efficient use of technology in society. With a core emphasis on long-term recommendations, the junior panellists, having gathered feedback both from their mentors and the avid audience present on 28th April, are preparing to publish their final report by the end of July 2015. This report will be collated with other reports from Churchill 2015's many partners and will be made available to the public.

About Churchill 2015 - Joining the Dots for 21st Century Statesmanship:

2015 is the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death and the seventy-fifth anniversary of his ‘finest hour’ in 1940 when he became Prime Minister. To commemorate this anniversary the aim of this 21st century statesmanship programme, with The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH as the Patron, is to provide a fitting tribute to Churchill’s memory and his legacy as a world statesman and to put the finger on today’s top-level strategic issues.

Venue details:

King’s College London
B5 Auditorium, Franklin Wilkins Building
Stamford Street
United Kingdom

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