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Special Operations in an Era of Escalating Great Power Competition

Tuesday 20 September 2022
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

David Kilcullen, one of the world's leading experts on modern warfare, offers a look ahead into Special Operations in the future with escalating Great Power competition. Kilcullen is visiting NLD SOCOM and has been made available to deliver this lecture in The Hague. The lecture is preceded by an introduction by Martijn Kitzen, Professor at Netherlands Defence Academy.

About the speaker

Kilcullen served 24 years as a soldier, diplomat and policy advisor for the Australian and United States governments. He was Special Advisor to the Secretary of State from 2007-2009. He has provided advice at the highest levels of the Bush and Obama administrations, and has worked in peace and stability operations, humanitarian relief and counterinsurgency environments in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, South Asia and Africa. His bestselling books The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency are used worldwide by civilian government officials, policymakers, military and development professionals working in unstable and insecure environments. He holds a PhD in the politics of insurgency from the University of New South Wales.


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