The Chilcot Report: An Intelligence Studies Perspective

Posted by ap507 at Jul 08, 2016 09:40 AM |
Dr David Strachan-Morris from the University of Leicester outlines how the Iraq War was only one of the options available - and was taken before all other options were exhausted

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 July 2016

A researcher from the University of Leicester has responded to the Chilcot Report, suggesting that it is a ‘damning indictment’ of British intelligence agencies, their capabilities, and their relationships to policymakers and to each other.

Dr David Strachan-Morris from the University of Leicester Department of Politics and International Relations has written an article for Think: Leicester, the University’s platform for academic opinion pieces, outlining how the Iraq War was only one of the options available to the UK government - and was taken before all other options were exhausted.

Dr Strachan-Morris said: “The evidence from the Chilcot Report is quite clear; war was only one of the options available and it was taken before all others had been exhausted. It is also a damning indictment of British intelligence agencies, their capabilities, and their relationships to policymakers and to each other.

“From a risk management perspective, the British government took a number of interesting decisions that shared the risk, by insisting on international agreement and participating in the form of a Multinational Division, and reducing exposure to the risk, by not taking on equal responsibility for the governance of Iraq post-invasion and keeping British forces in what was expected to be a relatively quiescent part of the country.

“To borrow the metaphor often used about statistics, many in politics and the media will use the Chilcot Report in the same way a drunk uses a lamp-post – for support rather than illumination. But those who are genuinely interested in learning the lessons of the Iraq War will find much in it to answer existing questions and pose new ones, not least of which is ‘how do we do better next time?’.”

Read the full article ‘The Chilcot Report: An Intelligence Studies Perspective’ hosted on Think: Leicester here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/think-leicester/politics-and-international-relations/2016-1/the-chilcot-report-an-intelligence-studies-perspective

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For more information and to interview Dr David Strachan-Morris contact drsm1@leicester.ac.uk

 

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