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Jack Spence OBE has been one of the leading figures in International Relations for several decades. He has been awarded 3 honorary doctorates and 4 honorary fellowships, one from King's College London. His work has covered theory and practice, with focuses on international politics as a field, diplomacy, nationalism, africa, war and defence education, and poetry and literature. Born in South Africa, he came to Britain for postgraduate study at the LSE.

His eminent academic career spanned academic posts at the University of Natal, University College, Swansea, and the University of Leicester, where he was appointed Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor. From 1991-1997, he was Director of Studies at Chatham House — the Royal Institute for International Affairs, and subsequently, Academic Advisor at the Royal College of Defence Studies, where he edited the Seaford House Papers. In 1997, he joined the Department of War Studies at King’s, where is presently Professor of Diplomacy.

Among his many other roles, he served as Chair of the British International Studies Association, President of the African Studies Association, and Chair of the David Davies Memorial Institute, as well as Chair of the International Advisory Council of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism. In 2003, he was awarded the OBE for services to military education in the Jubilee Honours.

To mark his retirement, a panel of those with whom he has worked and whom he has mentored and influenced will discuss different aspects of his work and career. This will be followed by a drinks and nibbles reception.

The speakers include:

  • Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-Principal International, King’s College London
  • Professor (Emeritus) Christopher Dandeker, former Head of the Department of War Studies, King’s College London
  • Professor Adrian Guelke, Chair of Comparative Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Claire Yorke, Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University
  • Professor James Gow, King’s College London and Chair ASEN International Advisory Council
  • Dr. Athena Leoussi, Associate Professor, Reading University and ASEN Steering Committee
  • Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House

This event is organised by the Department of War Studies with the Office of the Vice-Principal International, King’s College London and ASEN — the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism



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War Studies Meeting Room
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS