Join us for a discussion with Brigadier Ben Barry regarding the analysis in his new book, “Blood, Metal and Dust: How Victory Turned into Defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq” of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Inextricably linked to the ongoing ‘War on Terror’, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dominated more than a decade of international politics and their influence is felt to this day. “Blood, Metal and Dust” is the first military history to offer a comprehensive overview of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, providing in-depth accounts of the operations undertaken by both US and UK forces. Brigadier Barry analyses the wars which shaped the modern Middle East, providing a detailed narrative of operations.
Brigadier Barry is uniquely placed to tell the story of these controversial conflicts and offers a rounded account of the international campaigns which irrevocably changed the global geopolitical landscape. He served in the British Army in 1976. As well as training in Germany, France, Cyprus, Canada, Portugal and New Zealand, and operational service in Hong Kong and Northern Ireland, he commanded both an armoured infantry battalion and a multinational brigade on UN and NATO operations in Bosnia. He was director of the British Army Staff in the UK Ministry of Defence and author of the Army’s lessons learned analysis of post-conflict stabilisation of Iraq. He joined The International Institute for Strategic Studies in 2010, and is a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Brigadier Barry is also the author of “Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War” (IISS, 2016), and “The Road from Sarajevo: British Army Operations in Bosnia, 1995–1996″ (The History Press, 2016).”