On 15 April Professor Paul Cornish and Professor Andrew Dorman of the UK Defence Academy were invited to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to take part in a discussion on UK national strategy with officials from a number of UK government departments. Professors Cornish and Dorman presented the first draft of an article provisionally entitled ‘Strategy Making in an Uncertain World’ which will be published later in the year.
Professor Gareth Stansfield was a guest speaker at the Royal College of Defence Studies in March. He spoke to the international officer class on the subject of Saudi Arabia and Gulf Security, as part of the Conflict and Strategy in the Modern World series of lectures. He also gave the yearly lecture on the politics of Iraq to the Advanced Command and Staff Course of the Joint Services Command and Staff College, and presented on the same subject at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, again in March. His most recent publication addresses Iraqi political developments: ‘The unravelling of the post-first world war state system? The Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the transformation of the Middle East’ International Affairs, 89:2, March 2013.
In March Professor Paul Cornish took part in a meeting on NATO co-operation with the Asia-Pacific region at Wilton Park, the conference centre of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Later in the month he spoke at a cyber-security conference in Beijing and attended the launch at Chatham House of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law applicable to Cyber Warfareedited by Professor Michael Schmitt.