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Veteran Dialogue and the Future of War

  • Harold Lee Room Pembroke College Oxford OX1 1DW (map)

This event is a two-day, panel-based workshop, devoted to the two themes of veteran/civilian dialogue and the future of warfare. The purpose of this workshop is to engage a broad audience of civilians, military personnel, academics and non-academics alike and encourage them to think more deeply about their moral relationship to these important and timely themes. The veteran dialogue portion of the workshop will focus on such broad themes as: soldier recruitment and the making of soldiers, the ethical experience of war, what we think society owes to veterans, veteran healthcare and compensation, moral injury, PTSD, spouse and family issues, and civil-military relations. The future of war portion of the workshop will focus on such broad themes as: emerging technologies such as fully autonomous weapons, soldier enhancement, surveillance and meta-data; counter-terrorism and institutional reform, the ‘individualization’ of war, war and poverty, and emerging conceptual frameworks for military tactics and strategy.      

There is no charge for this event, but please note that lunch is not provided. It would be helpful for planning if you could register via our Eventbrite page.

Tuesday 13 June

0845-0900  Arrival & coffee

0900-0915  Introductory Remarks
Cheyney Ryan & Rob Johnson

0915-1030  Panel Session 1: Recruitment & the Making of Soldiers
                   Cheyney Ryan, David Reese, Bill Casebeer

1030-1045  Break

1045-1200  Panel Session 2: The Soldier in Combat
Ian Fishback, Bob Underwood

1200-1300  Lunch

1300-1415   Panel Session 3: Homecoming and Veteran Reintegration
Tom Simpson, Michael Robillard, David Reese

1415-1430  Coffee Break

1430-1545  Panel Session 4: Soldier Enhancement & Weaponized A.I.
Bill Casebeer, Anders Sanberg, Michael Robillard 

1900-2130  Veteran Public Dialogue Event
                   Ian Fishback, Bob Underwood, David Reese, Michael Robillard, Cheyney Ryan, Bill Casebeer, Rob Johnson

Day 2: Wednesday 14 June

0845-0900 Arrival & coffee

0900-1015  Panel Session 1: Counter-terrorism and Future Strategy
                    Seumas Miller, Rob Johnson, Bob Underwood, Ian Fishback

1015-1030 Break

1030-1145  Panel Session 2: War & Ethics
Helen Frowe, Victor Tadros, Cheyney Ryan

1145-1215  Closing Remarks
Cheyney Ryan, Rob Johnson, Michael Robillard