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Global Security, National Defence and the Future of Scotland

Glasgow Global Security Network (GGSN)

Friday, 8 November 2013 at 09:00 - Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 13:00 (GMT)

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Global Security, National Defence, and the Future of Scotland

University of Glasgow, 8-9th November 2013 -(Senate Room, Main Buildings)


Friday, November 8th

9.15-10.00                               Registration and Welcome

10.00-11.00                            Keynote I: Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin

“Defending Scotland: A Military Perspective”

Tea Break

11.30-12.30                            Panel 1. Scotland, the RUK, & Defence Relations.

Hew Strachan

Malcolm Chalmers: Scotland’s Cooperative Option  - Could post-independence defence costs be reduced though a ‘special relationship’ with the UK?           


2.30-4.00                                  Panel 2. Intelligence and Security for an Independent                                                           Scotland.

Colin Fleming: Scotland - rUK Defence-sharing: Lessons from NORDEFCO?

Sandy Hardie: A Safer Scotland?

Peter Jackson: Intelligence and Security in the Twenty-First Century

4.00-5.00                                  Panel 3. Scottish Secession: A Dangerous Precedent?

Jaroslav Tir: Security Implications of Scottish Secession

Steven Saideman: “Internationally Irrelevant: The Limited Reach of Scotland’s Precedent-Setting”

Tea Break

5.15-6.15                                  Keynote II: Sir David Omand: “Thinking Strategically about Security


Saturday, November 9th (Senate Room, Main Buildings)

9.15-10.45                               Panel 4. Scotland and Europe: Looking Beyond the UK?

Michael Keating

Daniel Kenealy: “Much Ado about Scotland in Europe: Scenarios for the Future”

Juliet Kaarbo and Ryan Beasley: “The Birth of the State has many Midwives”

Tea Break

11.00-12.00                            Panel 5. NATO, Neutrality, and Nuclear Futures

Phillips O’Brien: In Praise of Moderation: Nato, Nuclear Weapons and Negotiating Scotland’s Future

John MacDonald: Global security, National Defence and the Future of Scotland

12.00-1.00                               Concluding Roundtable: Debating the White Paper



About the Conference Participants

Dr Ryan Beasley is Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews. He has degrees from the University of Oklahoma and The Ohio State University. He has been at St Andrews since September 2011. He taught previously at Baker University, where he was Director of the International Studies Programme. His research is primarily focused on the psychological dimensions of political decision making, and has appeared in Political Psychology, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Review and International Studies Quarterly.

Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Research Director and Director (UK Defence Policy) at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He is a Special Adviser to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, and was a member of the UK Defence Secretary’s Advisory Forum for the 2010 Defence Green Paper. He was previously an FCO Special Adviser to Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw MP and Margaret Beckett MP. Professor Chalmers has given oral evidence on the defence implications of Scotland's independence to the House of Commons Defence, Foreign Affairs and Scottish Affairs Committees. He has published widely on the defence policy dimensions of Scottish independence.

Dr Colin Fleming is currently a Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh, where he is project leader on the ESRC funded ‘UK and Scotland Futures Project’. His research focuses the defence and security implications and opportunities for Scotland and the UK in the event of Scottish Independence or enhanced devolution. He is also working on a separate ESRC funded project, titled ‘The Politics of Monitoring’.


Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE was commissioned into The Black Watch in 1970 after graduating from St Andrews University. He commanded 1st Battalion The Black Watch in Northern Ireland, Edinburgh and West Berlin. His last four appointments in the Army were Commandant of the Royal Military College of Science, Military Secretary, General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland and then finally Adjutant General, retiring from the Army in 2005. He has also written extensively on military theory and history.

Dr Sandy Hardie OBE attended Edinburgh and Oxford Universities (Classics). He has been a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for most of his working life, with a particular focus on South and Southern Africa, and latterly in Sub-Saharan Security Sector Reform. Most recently he has worked for Morgan Stanley as a Senior Advisor.


Professor Peter Jackson holds the Chair in Global Security in the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow. He has published widely on intelligence, security and foreign policy issues from both contemporary and historical perspectives. He is co-editor of Intelligence and National Security, the world’s leading academic journal in the field of intelligence and security studies.

Dr. Juliet Kaarbo is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. She held previous posts at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the University of Kansas. Her research interests include foreign policy decision making, and the role of leader personalities, institutional constraints, and small group dynamics in foreign policy. She recently published Coalition Politics and Cabinet Decision Making: A Comparative Analysis of Foreign Policy Choices (University of Michigan Press) and has appeared before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s ‘Inquiry on the Foreign Policy Implications of and for a Separate Scotland.’

Dr Daniel Kenealy is currently Deputy Director, and Lecturer in International Relations, at the University of Edinburgh's Academy of Government. He completed his PhD on the history of European integration at Edinburgh in 2012. Among his research interests are the political and legal dimensions of an independent Scotland's relationship with the European Union.


Sir David Omand GCB is a visiting professor at the War Studies Department, King's College London. He was appointed in 2002 the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and “homeland security”. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ, the UK’s signals intelligence and cybersecurity organisation. Previously, in the Ministry of Defence he served as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary, and UK Defence Counsellor NATO Brussels.He was educated at the Glasgow Academy and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Dr John MacDonald is Director, Scotland International, a non-partisan forum for discussion and debate concerning the issues of international relations and international security in Scotland. He gained his PhD from the University of Dundee and is an expert in the fields of trans-Atlantic security, military intervention and American politics. He has worked as a security policy consultant and was involved in the Constitutional Commission's project to draw up a model constitution for Scotland.  Dr MacDonald has written widely on issues of security and democracy in the national media.


Dr Phillips P. O'Brien is Reader in history at Glasgow University and also convenes the Glasgow Global Security Network. He is co-editor of the journal War in History and has published a number works on the intersection of political decision-making and strategic policy. As well as three books, he has been published in Past and Present, Diplomatic History, the Journal of Strategic Studies. He has played a major role in the debate over Scottish independence and defence, having testified in front of parliament and advised both the Scottish Government and the MOD. He has also written pieces for the Herald and the Scotsman and appears regularly on both the BBC and ITV.


Dr Cian O’Driscoll is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Glasgow. He is an expert on the ethics of war and the Just War Tradition in international relations. His first book, The Renegotiation of the Just War Tradition was published in 2008. An edited volume (with Anthony F. Lang, Jr., and John Williams), Just War: Authority, Tradition, Practice has just appeared with Georgetown University Press. O’Driscoll has published articles in Ethics & International Affairs, the European Journal of Political Theory, The Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Relations, the Journal of Military Ethics, the Journal of International Political Theory, and Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

Professor Stephen Saideman holds the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.  His publications include The Ties That Divide: Ethnic Politics, Foreign Policy and International Conflict; For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism and War (with R. William Ayres) and NATO and Afghanistan : Fighting Together, Fighting Alone (with David Auerswald), and other workon nationalism, ethnic conflict, civil war, and civil-military relations.  Prof. Saideman spent 2001-2002 on the U.S. Joint Staff working in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate as part of a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. 


Professor Sir Hew Strachan has been Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College since 2002, and was Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War between 2003 and 2012. He also serves on the Strategic Advisory Panel of the Chief of the Defence Staff and on the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board. In 2010 he chaired a task force on the implementation of the Armed Forces Covenant for the Prime Minister and is a specialist adviser to the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. Professor Strachan has published widely in the fields of military history, strategic studies and defence policy. He is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Jaroslav Tir obtained his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests include territorial disputes, environmental conflict and security, domestic and ethnic conflict, and the diversionary theory of war. His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Quarterly and Conflict Management and Peace Science.














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University of Glasgow
1 University Avenue
G12 8LX Glasgow
United Kingdom

Friday, 8 November 2013 at 09:00 - Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 13:00 (GMT)

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Glasgow Global Security Network (GGSN)

The Glasgow Global Security Network (GGSN) is a dynamic networking initiative at the University of Glasgow.  Its primary role is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between staff, across the University’s four colleges, and with external partners in government and civil society.  This interaction will lead to further cooperation on, and understanding of key security issues.

Its secondary role is to act as both a facilitator and originator for a range of research projects, publications, and as a vehicle for coordinating and publicizing events in the global security field.  Finally, the GSR also facilitates an exciting and dynamic degree programme at Master's level, with scope for students to advance to further academic research at PhD level and in the private sphere.

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