Public meeting: War, militarisation & British democracy


In the run up to Armed Forces Day on 30 June, we will be launching a report by Paul Dixon, 'Warrior Nation: War, militarisation and British democracy'.

Armed Forces Day is an annual event, adopted in 2009, as part of a 'Militarisation Offensive' to improve public recognition and support for the armed forces. The report explores how this militarisation failed to produce majority support for the war in Afghanistan but deepened the militarisation of British politics and society. Since 2006 the military have broken constitutional convention and made public attacks on politicians, leading to the most severe tensions in political-military relations since the Second World War.


Professor Paul Dixon (Birkbeck College, University of London), who is also author of The British Approach to Countersinsurgency: From Malaya and Northern Ireland to Iraq and Afghanistan and many other books and articles on Northern Ireland, war and counterinsurgency.

Professor Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck College, University of London) and author of Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade Our Lives and An Intimate History of Killing

Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament

Chaired by Marigold Bentley, Quaker Peace and Social Witness. 


Monday 25 June, 7-9pm (doors open 6.30) at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

All welcome. Organised by ForcesWatch

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