The History of the Future of War with Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College, London
Sir Lawrence David Freedman, KCMG, CBE, PC, FBA, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London will be the honorary speaker at the Fourth Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture. His talk, “The History of the Future of War,” will examine how the future of war has been considered in the past and influenced strategies. It will focus on how quick, decisive victories might be achieved, normally through the clever applications of new technologies. Sir Lawrence is one of the world's foremost scholars on the study of war and strategy. He has been a professor of War Studies at King's College London since 1982 and Vice-Principal since 2003. He was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School and the Universities of Manchester, York and Oxford. Before joining King's, he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, IISS and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1996, Sir Lawrence was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997. Sir Lawrence was awarded the KCMG (Knight Commander of St Michael and St George) in 2003 and was appointed in June 2009 to serve as a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War. A list of Sir Lawrence’s recent publications can be viewed at https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/lawrence-freedman(760b88c7-3dd3-4afc-931e-cd53c09deac2)/publications.html. This event is free and open to the public.