The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have dominated the international politics of our time. In the wake of British and American troops leaving Afghanistan, join Brigadier Ben Barry as he considers how the conflicts have shaped the modern Middle East.
In conversation with Festival Director Harry Parker, Brigadier Barry will provide an analysis of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, drawing on unparallelled access to official military accounts.
About the speakers
Brigadier Ben Barry is the Senior Fellow for Land Warfare for the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Before this, he served in the British Army, where he commanded both an armoured infantry battalion and a multinational brigade on UN and Nato operations in Bosnia.
He was Director of the British Army Staff in the UK Ministry of Defence and author of the Army’s lessons learned analysis of post-conflict stabilisation of Iraq. This informed his book Blood, Metal and Dust (2020). He is a visiting professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London.
Harry Parker was educated at Falmouth College of Art and University College London. He joined the British Army when he was 23 and served in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009. He worked in the Foreign Office before writing his debut novel, Anatomy of a Soldier (2016). He is the Creative Director of the Chelsea History Festival and teaches at the Royal Drawing School.