Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Centre for International Security External Seminar: Afghanistan: Why are we there? What are we doing? Can we succeed?

24 February 2011 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Seminar

Roger Stevens LT 03 (7.03)

Major General John Lorimer- Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategic Communication Office, Ministry of Defence will be presenting an examination of the strategic rationale for our engagement in Afghanistan. All welcome.

Major General Lorimer will be presenting an examination of the strategic rationale for our engagement in Afghanistan.  This will include an overview of the nature of operations on the ground, focussing on the relationship between military, political and stabilisation activity. He will be appraising the progress and challenges that exist, particularly in Southern Afghanistan and providing a summary of what success might look like and the challenges of communicating the key themes to the British public.

Major General John Lorimer was born in 1962 and was educated at Marlborough College and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read Arabic and Islamic Studies.  He joined the Army in 1981 and was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment.  Early service included    commanding at platoon, company and battalion levels, including in Belize, Norway, Northern Ireland and Iraq.  On the staff side, he served in the Ministry of Defence from 1998-2000 and completed 2 tours at the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood.  He commanded 12 Mechanized Brigade from June 2005 – November 2007, completing operational tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was promoted to Major General in November 2010 and has been selected to command 3 (United Kingdom) Division in late 2011. 

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