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The Past, Present and Future of ‘Armed Force: Are We on the Eve of Disruptive Change?

08-05-2017 at 20:00 - 21:30

Today, the terms ‘armed force‘, ‘military’, ‘soldier’,’defense’  etc. conjure up very concrete pictures in people’s minds. We think of national soldiers in uniforms, organized in strictly hierarchical organizational structures and endowed with a particular (heavily industrial) capability bundle to fight (and win) the battles in which their nations chose to engage. And yet those very same terms have meant quite different things in the past, and they are very likely to change again in the future. Stephan de Spiegeleire will sketch some fundamental historical changes in both the nature and the character of armed force throughout our history. He will argue that we are on the eve of yet another fundamental change – the biggest one in the past 200 years – in which armed forces that may look very different from today’s might very well engage in different types of activities with a dramatically different capabilities in order to achieve sustainable security and defense goals. He will focus on what this means for our defense efforts today. 

Stephan De Spiegeleire is senior scientist at HCSS. He has Master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia University in New York, as well as a C.Phil. degree in Political Science from UCLA. He worked for the RAND Corporation for nearly ten years, interrupted by stints at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the WEU’s Institute for Security Studies. As a professional researcher in international relations, security and defence and with almost 25 years of experience in some of the world’s leading research institutions, Stephan de Spiegeleire is the perfect candidate to tell more about the fundamental changes happening in defense right now.


20:00 - 21:30
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