Upcoming lecture

The impacts of military operations

Date: 1 February 2018
Time: from 11:50 to 13:30
Place: NHTV, Mgr. Hopmansstraat 1, Breda. Room N1.222
By: Dr. Martijn Kitzen, Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA)

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Dr. Martijn Kitzen

Dr. Martijn Kitzen is assistant professor at the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) in Breda, the former Koninklijke Militaire Academie (KMA). He studied Military Sciences at the KMA, Political Sciences at Leiden University and achieved his PhD in history at the University of Amsterdam. He is specialized in irregular warfare (like guerrilla tactics and counter-insurgency operations) and is advisor on military operations. Dr. Kitzen was an officer in both the Dutch army and air force and participated in military missions to Cyprus and Uruzgan (Afghanistan). His latest book is titled ‘Oorlog onder de mensen’ (War amongst the people) in which he conveys innovative insights in modern warfare. Currently Martijn participates as a visiting fellow in the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.   

The lecture

Theme: The impacts of military operations

The world is not a safe place. Wars and conflicts are waged in many countries all around the world. It is estimated that more than 250 wars have been waged since World War II which left millions of people killed, injured, bereaved, homeless and fleeing in search for safety. And there are about 35 major conflicts in the world today. Many institutions around the globe – of which the United Nations is arguably the best known – deploy activities intended to reach lasting peace. The Netherlands also participated and still participates in quite a number of peacekeeping missions around the world and is internationally acknowledged as a valuable contributor to military and humanitarian operations. While peacekeeping is a noble aim and a lot of good work is done, there is a flipside of the coin that is often forgotten. Sometimes peacekeeping does not go without getting involved in violent conflicts and people even have to pay the highest price for it. What – apart from the obvious physical dangers soldiers have to face - are the impacts of military operations on the individual, families, society, culture, politics, economy and also the environment of both ‘sides’: the peacekeeping force and the countries in which it operates? 

Our speaker on this topic is Dr. Martijn Kitzen who is not only an (academic) expert on irregular warfare, but who also participated in military missions to Cyprus (UN) and Uruzgan (NATO) in Afghanistan. He is thus in a unique position to combine both his personal experiences with scientific reflection. This promises to be a very interesting event!

So, don’t miss out!