Global Choices

Global Choices is a series of high profile public talks by leading artists, politicians, campaigners and diplomats discussing some of the major cultural, economic and political public issues of our age.

Witness inspiring public lectures that address some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world today and ask questions of people who have been witness to - and, in some cases, participants in major world events.

Previous speakers include former Prime Minister Sir John Major, Lord Jonathan Evans, former Head of MI5; Lord George Robertson, Former NATO Secretary General; Lady Shami Chakrabarti, international civil liberties campaigner; and Steven Frank, child holocaust survivor, among many more.


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Global Choices in association with the English Speaking Union presents

War with Russia: a Fantastical Notion?


Speaker: General Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Location: CAB004 (Theatre), Cardiff Campus
Date/Time: 13 June 2019, 6.30pm (refreshments from 5.45pm)


Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, UK intelligence experts point to a growing security threat from Russia. Whether through propaganda, espionage or cyberattacks, the threat from Russia represents a significant challenge, once again, to national security.

Russian state involvement in the conflicts in Crime and Syria, also pose challenges to the wider stability of the internationality community. What, however, of the prospect of any direct clash between British and Russian forces? Is it possible that Russian activities in Ukraine may be a portent of further incursions elsewhere in eastern Europe, such as the Baltic states?

To address these questions, we are delighted to welcome to the university Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Born in Kenya, and educated at Oxford University, Sir Richard served in the British Army for nearly 40 years.

He saw active service in the Gulf War 1991. He was made CBE for his service as Commander of the 7thArmoured Brigade in Kosovo and made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2010. In 2011, he was promoted to full General and appointed as NATO forces in Europe, a post he held until retirement in 2014. He is the author of The Coming War with Russia (2017).