Events

Contemporary Conflicts Talks: Imperial War Museum

Email contemporaryconflicts@iwm.org.uk  to book your place for any of these talks

Fighting Ebola

Tuesday 19 January 2016, 7pm

In 2015 the largest Ebola outbreak in history threatened to decimate Sierra Leone. Faced with predictions of death on a huge scale, the Sierra Leonean government and global health community made the unusual decision to request international military support.

Join our speakers as they recall the daunting early days of the outbreak and the decision to call in the UK military.

Speakers:

  • Brian Jones, former Head of International Security Advisory Team to Sierra Leone
  • Dr Oliver Johnson, former Programme Director of the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership

This talk is linked to IWM current display Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS, which will be open to view after the talk.

The Secret World of Drone Warfare

Tuesday 2 February 2016, 7pm

Drones, or remotely piloted aircraft, have often made the headlines in recent years, particularly in relation to conflict in the Middle East. But what do we really know about them and how they are used?

Join Chris Woods, award-winning investigative journalist, as he explores the secret world of drone warfare and how it has changed the modern battlefield. Following the talk Chris will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book entitled Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars.

This talk is linked to IWM current display Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS, which will be open to view after the talk.

The Rise of ISIS

Tuesday 23 February 2016, 7pm

The extremist militant group ISIS rose to international prominence in 2014. Since then the world has become familiar with its brutal methods and intentions. But what is ISIS and where did it come from?

Join BBC correspondent Caroline Wyatt and Professor Gareth Stansfield as they explore the origins of ISIS and how it has become such a threatening presence.

  • Caroline Wyatt has reported extensively for the BBC on conflict in the Middle East, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Gareth Stansfield has extensive personal experience of the Middle East and is Professor of Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

This talk is linked to IWM current display Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS, which will be open to view after the talk.

Email contemporaryconflicts@iwm.org.uk  to book your place for any of these talks

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