The Islamic State and the Future of Iraq


The Islamic State and the Future of Iraq

Rear Admiral Christopher Parry as the dinner speakerchris-parry_hi_def__2__Homepage Box

Tuesday, 21 October at 19:00 – 22:00

Naval and Military Club

The Policy Dinner Club is proud to announce that its next speaker will be Rear Admiral Christopher Parry, who will speak about the Islamic State (IS) at the Naval and Military Club on the 21st of October. A dinner discussion will then ensue on the topic offered. The Islamic State, also known interchangeably as ISIL or ISIS, is an organization which has created headlines worldwide for its radical take on Islamic doctrine and, especially also, for its barbaric means of achieving its goal to exercise political control over Muslim-inhabited regions in the Middle East and beyond. A U.S. military intervention was launched in September 2014 with subsequent support from regional and international allies, to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ the group. To date, international efforts have been unable to deter, much less destroy, IS or diminish its appeal amongst radicalized communities regionally and internationally.

The status quo prompts a range of questions: Which combination of factors led to the formation of IS? Will Western-led military intervention help or hinder further radicalization of the group? Which strategic specificities are essential to heighten prospects of military success and minimize mission creep? How to intercept the war-economy that sustains IS? Which security threats (material and normative) does IS pose for the West, including its non-radical Muslim community? What does the future of the Iraqi state(s) look like? Such questions are necessarily interlinked and equally crucial to understanding the complexity of Islamic State, and implications of the group’s existence for international security, economy as well as issues related to faith.

Who:          Rear Admiral Christopher Parry CBE

When:        19:00-22:00, 21 October, 2014

Where:        The Naval and Military Club (map)

Please note that dinners are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please also note that there is a dress code at the Club and diners are expected to adhere to that.

All remarks and discussion taking place after the initial speech are off-the-record and not-for-attribution, so as to further the warm and informal nature of the dinners. Should you wish to book seats or have any other questions, please let Magdalena Delgado know immediately by emailing her at m.c.delgado@lse.ac.uk.

Speaker’s Biography

After reading Modern History at Jesus College Oxford, Chris Parry spent 36 enjoyable, rewarding years in the Royal Navy as an aviator and warfare officer.  He also had five Joint appointments with responsibility for operational and developmental issues relating to all three Services.

As well as sailing every sea, he experienced regular operational tours and combat operations in Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Falklands, where he was mentioned in despatches for his part in rescuing 16 SAS from a glacier in South Georgia and the detection and disabling of the submarine SANTA FE.  As a Rear Admiral, he was responsible for determining the future strategic context for operations and leading the conceptual development of all three armed forces out to 2030.

Nowadays, he runs his own strategic forecasting company, advising governments, leading commercial companies and banks about strategic issues, high-level leadership and systemic risk.  A regular broadcaster and commentator in UK national newspapers and magazines, he is an active author, most recently the best selling ‘Down South – a Falklands War Diary’, published in February 2012 and ‘Sea Power in the 21stCentury’, published in May 2014.

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