• Discussion: Afghanistan - the Lessons of War

Discussion: Afghanistan - the Lessons of War

25 February 2015


In late October, Camp Bastion, Britain’s biggest overseas base since World War Two, was handed over to Afghan control, marking the end of 13 years of British combat operations in Afghanistan. With countless civilian and military casualties, many will now be asking what has been achieved.

This discussion will take a comprehensive view of the conflict from its inception after 9/11 to the withdrawal. Looking at the decisions that were made and the consequences of those actions, we will be examining the lessons that should be learned by British and coalition forces.

Chaired by David Loyn, the Afghanistan correspondent for the BBC. He is the author of Frontline: Reporting from the World’s Deadliest Places and Butcher and Bolt: Two Hundred Years of Foreign Engagement in Afghanistan.

The panel:

Jack Fairweather is currently a fellow of the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University. He was the Daily Telegraph’s Baghdad and Gulf correspondent for five years. He is an expert on the American and British military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, and author of A War of Choice: Britain in Iraq 2003-9 and The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan.

Christina Lamb is currently roving foreign affairs correspondent for The Sunday Times. She has been a foreign correspondent for 20 years working in many countries and her work has appeared in numerous publications. She is author of a number of books including her most recent War Not Peace: How the West Ignored Pakistan and Lost Afghanistan: The War on Terror in Afghanistan.

Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Venue: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Time: 7.00pm

Cost: £12.50

Tickets must be booked in advance via The Frontline Club website.