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King's Comments: Iraq 10 years on

Experts from across King's College London offer their unique perspectives on the legacy of the Iraq War, with an introduction from Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice-Principal (Strategy & Development) and member of the official government Iraq Inquiry:

  • Professor John Gearson, Department of War Studies, provides an insight into why the War began in the first place, as well as analysing the success of the military campaign;
  • Professor Sir Simon Wessely from King's Centre for Military Health Research, explains the impact of war on military mental health;
  • Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discusses life in Iraq without Saddam Hussein and the nation's prospects for the future, drawing comparisons with the experiences of neighbouring countries;
  • Dr Orkideh Behrouzan, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, assesses the physical and psychological burdens of war, including the long-term effects of growing up in a war-zone. Read Dr Behrouzan's article for Foreign Policy on the psychological impact of the Iraq War. 
  • Dr Peter Busch, Department of War Studies, examines the media portrayal of the War in Iraq.

King's academics are available for media interview on the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. For further media information please contact the Public Relations Department at King's on 0207 848 3202 or

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