The Chilcot Report - Iraq Inquiry
On the 15th June 2009, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that an Inquiry was to be conducted to identify lessons that could be learned from the Iraq conflict.
As an Expert Witness, Lt-Gen Riley was called to give evidence on the Iraq Inquiry
In a televised interview in 2011, Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley gives his thoughts on how history will judge our involvement in Iraq...
A Plea For Culture
This is not, as you might be forgiven for thinking, a hope that military training might embrace grand opera – so read on. My thesis is that we have spent a great deal of time and effort over the past fifteen years developing our own doctrine, and understanding that of our allies and opponents, perhaps to the extent that, as one commentator on Ex Saif Sareea suggested, that they are read only by those who write them; and we focus on our enemies’ and allies’ doctrine during the planning and conduct of operation...
Why Organizations Forget
History, it is said, is accelerating. Since the end of the Second World War, we have amassed around 100 times more information than in the rest of human history up to that time. We think of human knowledge as always increasing, “What is now proved”, said William Blake, “was once only imagin’d.” But is it like that? Consider human knowledge, if you will, as a freight train pulling a long line of carriages. Each carriage contains the knowledge of a generation. We like to think that every generation couples its carriage behind the engine and thus...
A Tribute To Richard Holmes
Published in "The Hand of History"
Richard Holmes had a magical gift for bringing that other country, the past, right into the present Through his many books, his public lectures and above all his television programmes, he made history accessible to everyone - and he made it fun. In mis quotation, he is describing the casus belli between Prussia and Germany in 1870, something that might usually cause one to plump up one's pillow, how the debauched Queen Isabella II of Spain went too far, was deposed by a military coup and left the throne vacant. The nearest family in line that was ...
Littlecote: The English Civil War Armoury
Foreword to the Catalogue of the Littlecote Armoury
The greatest 17th Century arsenal of English weapons and equipment is that held by the Royal Armouries, underlining the continuity between the Armouries in its current form and functions and that of the Civil Wars. Now, the heritage side of the Royal Armouries business has become its dominant preoccupation, although it still continues a role in national security through the work of the national firearms centre. In the mid to late 17th Century, national security was the dominant theme as the Armouries led in equipping the national armies...
Lemkin Seminar Series
Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation
Supported by United States Department of Defense
Jonathon Riley has spoken on several aspects of preventing mass atrocities in warfare during the three years of the programme. These included his experiences in the Balkans in 1992-1993, 1995 and 1998-1999. He also spoke about Sierra Leone.g...