Modern Warfare: what are the new rules for war and peace?

Talk May 27, 2010 7:00 PM

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Can violence be used to stop the tribal, ethnic and religious conflicts that have flared up in cities around the world? What can be done once counter-insurgency has run its course in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond?

Join us at the Frontline Club with Mary Kaldor of the LSE’s Centre for the Study of Global Governance, US Lieutentant-Colonel Shannon Beebe and war crimes barrister Andrew Cayley, recently appointed as international prosecutor for the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal in Cambodia, to discuss the rules of modern warfare.

The authors, who come from distant points on the political spectrum, examine the repercussions of violent political conflict on human lives and explore a new idea for stabilising the dangerous neighborhoods of the world

This discussion, which will be chaired by Lord Meghnad Desai, will focus on Kaldor and Beebe’s new book The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace, which is available via FiveBooks.

Following the event there will be a dinner with panelists in the Club room: Tickets for the debate including dinner cost £60 or £50 for members. For dinner bookings please email [email protected].

Mary Kaldor is professor and director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Author of several books including New and Old Wars and Global Civil Society, she was a founder member of European Nuclear Disarmament, founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly, and a member of the International Independent Commission to investigate the Kosovo Crisis.

Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D Beebe played an instrumental role in the development of the newly formed unified command for Africa, AFRICOM. He is the leading thinker on human security within the United States. His work has been groundbreaking, reaching out across traditional bureaucratic boundaries to open dialogues on African security for the 21st Century. He lives in Angola.

Barrister Andrew Cayley has recently been appointed as international prosecutor for the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal in Cambodia to investigate crimes committed under Pol Pot’s regime in the 1970s. At the Srebrenica trial, he says, the Serbs refused to admit that anybody had been killed. ‘And we proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that over 8,000 people had been murdered in the space of ten days. After that nobody could deny these events had taken place, and that was important.’

Lord Meghnad Desai is a British economist and a Labour politician. He was born in Baroda, India and made a life peer as Baron Desai of St Clement Danes in the City of Westminster in April 1991. He is a professor emeritus at the London School of Economics, and the author of Marx’s Revenge: The
Resurgence of Capitalism and the Death of Statist Socialism
, a book that predicts that globalization will lead to the revival of socialism.