‘Britain’s 9/11 Wars: Reflections on Iraq, Afghanistan and Britain’s Role in the Middle East’


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Maj-Gen (ret.) Christopher Elliott CB MBE, Author of “High Command – British Military Leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan”
Dr Mike Martin, Author of “An Intimate War: An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict”

TIME: 1 – 2pm, Tuesday 18th August 2015

VENUE: Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

To attend please RSVP to: eventsassistant1@henryjacksonsociety.org    


Over a decade on from the onset of the UK’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, both countries remain blighted by significant problems. Despite the recently announced death of their leader Mullah Omar, the Taliban remain a powerful force in Afghanistan, with peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban remaining at an embryonic stage. Meanwhile, the US and UK’s military and political retreat in Iraq has helped facilitate the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, which now controls large sections of territory in both Iraq and Syria.

Despite the British military’s best efforts, there is still much that needs to be done before its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq deliver the peaceful, stable democracies hoped for. Therefore, a reflection on what lessons the British military has learned from these conflicts and how it can still help shape a more positive outcome in these countries require examination.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with Christopher Elliot and Dr Mike Martin, who will address the current situation in the Middle East and Britain’s role in shaping it.


Christopher Elliott, CB MBEwas commissioned into the Royal Engineers and retired as a major general from the British Army in 2002, having been latterly the Director of Military Operations, Commander 6th Armoured Brigade, Director of the Higher Command and Staff Course, Director General of Army Training and Recruiting and the Director General of Doctrine and Development.

A second career in industry followed and he is currently a Visiting Professor of Cranfield University and an Associate Fellow of RUSI.

He has just published “High Command, British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghan Wars”, which was written whilst a research fellow at the Universities of Oxford and Reading.

Dr. Mike Martin is a Pashto- speaking former British Army officer who pioneered, designed and implemented the British Military’s Cultural Advisor programme. This programme took Pashto-speaking British officers and trained them to build relationships with local national notables and then leverage those relationships to understand and influence the society in which the UK military was operating: essentially the modern-day equivalent of the Imperial political officer. During this period, he also worked as an advisor to four commanders of the UK’s Task Force Helmand, advising them on local national population dynamics.

Mike subsequently read for his PhD at King’s College London. He wrote an oral history of the conflict in Helmand province, Afghanistan from 1978-2012, which he later turned into a critically-acclaimed book, An Intimate War, which the MOD tried to ban unsuccessfully. He has since worked in Somaliland and Myanmar in the risk management sector, and has recently returned to London to work in Communications.


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