‘CONFLICT’ – Autumn Lecture with General David Petraeus and Andrew Roberts


Join us at the iconic National Army Museum for an exclusive event where General David Petraeus and Andrew Roberts will speak about their upcoming book – conflict.

Conflict is a deep and incisive history of both the evolution of warfare and a penetrating analysis of what we must learn from the past—and anticipate in the future—to navigate the increasingly perilous world in which we live.

General David Petraeus, commander of the US-led coalitions in Iraq and Afghanistan and former CIA Director, and the prize-winning historian Andrew Roberts, unite to explore over 70 years of conflict.
From the Arab-Israeli wars and the Vietnam War to the Gulf Wars, the Balkan wars, and the guerrilla conflicts in Africa and South America, they reveal how critical mistakes have been repeated time and again and the challenges, for statesmen and generals alike, of learning to adapt to new weapon systems and strategies. With sharp insight and the wisdom of experience, they conclude with a bracing assessment of Putin’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine, yet another leader unable to learn from history.
This critical assessment of our recent past, is also an essential primer that provides crucial knowledge for waging war today as well as broadening our understanding of what the future of war will look like.

The book will be available to buy on the evening ahead of the official release date and you will also have the opportunity to ask the authors to sign your copy.

Monday 9 October

Doors will open from 1800 and you will receive a welcome drink on arrival.

National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road

Tickets £50. 

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For enquiries please email london@soldierscharity.org


General David Petraeus is a retired United States Army general and widely respected as a leading war intellectual. He served for 37 years in the US Army, culminating his time in uniform with 6 consecutive commands as a general officer, before serving as Director of the CIA from September 2011 to November 2012. He is currently a partner in a major investment firm, chairing their Global Institute.


Andrew Roberts is an internationally bestselling historian and biographer whose books include The Storm of War, Napoleon the Great (winner of the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon) and George III. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London, and the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Book release date:


HB £25 EB £14.99
Also available in audio

For enquiries please email london@soldierscharity.org