Soldier Meets Citizen: a public debate

General Sir Mike Jackson and academic panel discuss the moral and ethical challenges posed by war and security today.

“Soldier Meets Citizen: The Ethics of War in Theory and Practice” was held in George Square Lecture Theatre on Thursday, 4 December.

This stimulating debate celebrated the launch of the Just World Institute in the School of Social and Political Science.

The event was introduced by Vice Principal Professor Lorraine Waterhouse.

The debate

Since the Iraq war the relationship between the military and society has become strained.

The legitimacy of the use of military force by liberal democratic governments has been called into question more then ever.

General Sir Mike Jackson has been forthright in his defence of the common solider and the military against changing political priorities and demands.

The panel

The event presented General Sir Mike Jackson in conversation with two of the University’s internationally-recognised experts on the ethics and morality of war:

  • Professor Cecile Fabré, political philosopher
  • Professor Oliver O’Donovan, theologian

The debate was followed by a debate between the speakers and the audience, chaired by Alan Little, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Edinburgh alumnus.

General Sir Mike Jackson

General Sir Mike Jackson GCB CBE DSO served as Chief of the General Staff (CGS) from February 2003 - August 2006.

He is now Senior Advisor and Chairman of PA Consulting’s Defence Advisory Board.

The Just World Institute

The Just World Institute was founded in 2008 in the School of Social and Political Science.

It seeks to foster interdisciplinary research to inform institutional and policy responses to the urgent challenges facing the global order today.

Event details

Soldier Meets Citizen: a public debate

Thursday 4 December 2008, 6.00pm

Thursday 4 December 2008, 7.30pm

George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LK

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Contact details

For more information on the event, including any accessibility enquiries, contact Deepthi De-Silva Williams.

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