Friday, 5 March 2010


Colonel Kemp CBE - 'The reasons for the UK's engagement in Afghanistan and why we must not fail.'

Date: Monday 8th March
Time: 7:10pm - 8:15pm
Venue: Cambridge Union (Kennedy Room)

The Wilberforce Society is delighted to announce that Colonel Richard Kemp CBE, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, will be delivering the Society's inaugural lecture.Colonel Kemp will be speaking on: 'The reasons for the UK's engagement in Afghanistan and why we must not fail.' He will also focus more generally on the difficulties of conducting asymmetric warfare and reconciling it with public opinion. Colonel Kemp will allow ample time for questions from the floor on a range of issues. The lecture will provide a fantastic opportunity to hear from, and pose your questions to, a man with unrivalled insight and experience. Whatever your angle of interest, the talk will be most stimulating.

Colonel Kemp served in the British Army from 1977-2006. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan and has completed 14 tours of duty. He has served in Northern Ireland, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2001-2006 he was also attached to the Cabinet Office where he worked with the Joint Intelligence Comittee and the national crisis management group COB during the period of the 2005 London bombings. After retiring from the army, Kemp turned to writing and his first book, Attack State Red (2009), was listed as a Sunday Times Bestseller. Following the Gaza conflict, Colonel Kemp gave testimony to the UN disputing allegations that Israel had committed war crimes and challenging the UN's fact finding 'Goldstone' report. For further information on Colonel Kemp please see: