Ian Westerman: Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Afghanistan
Ian is a Colonel in the British Army. He has served around the world including Germany, Australia, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan. In 2004 he set up and ran a multinational Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the North of Afghanistan. Since then he has worked at the UK's Joint Headquarters at Northwood in North London planning and running UK operations worldwide. He is currently reading for an MPhil in International Relations, in particular looking at post-conflict organisations and the relationship between the military, the political and the development aspects of such undertakings.
D.J.Langley: Natural Events, Malicious Acts: Lessons in Managing Pestilence and Poison
We are warned that our infrastructure and public health systems may be severely challenged by epidemics infectious diseases old and new or by the deliberate dissemination of hazardous materials on city streets rather than battlefields. What lessons can we learn by thorough analysis of such events in the late 20th century?
David Langley has a PhD in innate immunity. Service with the Royal Naval Reserve and a consultancy to the Royal Navy generated a strong interest in the practical challenges of defence against nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and in 1988 he joined the Ministry of Defence. An increasing interest in relating science to operational questions led to a move to London in 1994 to lead a team advising the operational and policy communities on biological hazards and biomedical sciences. In the spring of 2002, he was asked to create and lead a team tasked with creating sound, actionable advice on protection of critical infrastructure against unconventional attack. After retirement in June 2006, he was a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge for the academic year 2006-2007. He now divides his time in Cambridge between consultancy, research in the Institute of Biotechnology and teaching on the history of intelligence.
Part of the Post-Conflict & Post-Crisis Research Colloquium
Over the next two academic years (2007-2009) the Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Research Colloquium will seek to establish a number of regularly scheduled and publicised events, ranging from a visiting speaker programme to the extension of its smaller working subgroups (e.g. Religion and Conflict, and the Politics of Space). The group's activities over the first year (2007-2008) will culminate in a major two-day interdisciplinary conference on post-conflict and post-crisis reconstruction.All welcome. No registration required.