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Press Release - 12 November 2007

Public lecture: Military general questions the use of force to solve political problems

The general who commanded the British Armoured Division in the first Gulf war and led the UN protection force in Bosnia will question why we use military force to solve political problems at a public lecture on Thursday (6.30pm, Thursday 15 November 2007).

Speaking at the University of Bath, General Sir Rupert Smith will cite examples including Iraq, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Chechnya where military intervention has failed to deliver on the promise for peace, or even achieve a political resolution.

He will draw heavily on his recent book, The utility of force: the art of war in the modern world, where he argues that military campaigns should be focused on meeting the political goals, rather than simply winning at all costs.

The lecture, which is organised by the University and the RSA, is free to attend, but tickets need to be reserved from Sheila Willmott on 01225 386 631.

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