War on Terror Debate

  • Event Start: 25th October 2018, 8:30pm
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This House Believes the War on Terror Has Been its Own Worst Enemy


As one of the defining foreign policy issues of the 21st century, the War on Terror has seen huge amounts of resources poured into interventionist campaigns across the world.  However, with a significant increase in terror attacks in the West, and several countries throughout the Middle East still engulfed in conflict with Islamic extremists, its efficacy is often brought into question.  Will the main legacy of the War on Terror be a contribution to religious tension and an exacerbation of the problems it purported to prevent?


Speakers in Proposition:

  • Sir Ivor Roberts  :  Former British Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Ireland and Italy, and former President of Trinity College, Oxford;  an advisory board member of the Counter Extremism Project
  • David Pratt PC KStG  :  Former Canadian Minister of National Defence & Chair of the Commons Defence Committee;  a director of the Conference of Defence Associations of Canada
  • Congresswoman Jane Harman  :  CEO of the Wilson Center, a nine-term member of Congress serving decades on the major security committees in the House of Representatives

Speakers in Opposition:

  • Sir Mark Rowley QPM  :  Retired senior police officer with over 30 years service, formerly National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing
  • Ambassador Gerald Feierstein  :  United States Ambassador to Yemen between 2010 and 2013, currently serving in Department of State on Near East Affairs
  • Elaine Duke  :  Former United States Deputy Security of Homeland Security between 2017 and 2018
  • Lt Gen Graeme Lamb KBE CMG DSO  :  Retired British Army officer who served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq, and is known for his contributions to counter-insurgency


Prior to this debate, the Emergency Debate will be held at 7.45pm on a motion to be decided at this week's Consultative Committee