On August 31, the International Centre for Defence Studies organized a seminar with Professor Christopher Dandeker on “The effects of deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan on UK armed forces – an update of findings since 2006”, which was followed by a discussion. The seminar was moderated by Tomas Jermalavicius, a researcher of ICDS.
About the speaker:
Christopher Dandeker, BSc (Soc.) PhD, is Professor of Military Sociology in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. He served as Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy from 2005-2008, and from 1997-2001 he was Head of the Department of War Studies. He is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) and a member of its Council. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal Armed Forces and Society. In addition he is a Vice -President of the Research Committee, Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution of the International Sociological Association.
Professor Dandeker's work focuses on all aspects of civil-military relations, broadly conceived. He has a particular interest in personnel issues in the contemporary armed forces of Europe and North America. Professor Dandeker's most recent work has concerned strategic personnel policy in the UK, the evolution of British military culture and current developments in the Swedish defence forces. He has lectured regularly at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, The Joint Services Command and Staff College, The Swedish National Defence College, The Baltic Defence College and other military institutes and organisations in a wide variety of countries including the United States, France, Germany, Argentina, Poland, Czech Republic. He is also co-director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research and is continuing research with colleagues on the social and psychological aspects of military deployments as well as on wider issues in civil-military relations. One current KCMHR project focuses on the nature of future battle: ‘The Future of Dismounted Close Combat: Battle Stress and Stress Management, which will be completed midway through 2010.