MEC Friday Seminar - The Iraq War Inquiry: a study in contemporary political, diplomatic, military and reconstruction history
About the seminar:

To consider the Iraq Inquiry’s origins, terms of reference, mode of operation, and issues which arose in the course of its work, in framing its conclusions, and on its publication and reception

About the speaker:

Sir John Chilcot was Permanent Secretary at the Northern Ireland Office from 1990 before retiring from a career as a senior civil servant at the end of 1997. He was from 1999 to 2013 the independent Chairman of the Building and Civil Engineering Group, a not-for profit group set up in 1942 to deliver pensions, health and welfare and other benefits to 6,500 firms and almost a quarter of a million employees in the construction industry.

Sir John has been a (non-party) member or chairman of a number of reviews, inquiries and other bodies including the Independent Commission on the Voting System (1997-98), the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Public Records and its successor National Archives Council (1999-2004), a review of Royal and VIP security, an inquiry into the IRA break-in at the PSNI Special Branch HQ (2002), and the Review of the Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction by a Committee of Privy Counsellors, chaired by Lord Butler (2004). He was Staff Counsellor to the Security and Intelligence Agencies (1999-2004) and to the National Criminal Intelligence Service (2002-06). He was Chair of the Advisory Committee at the Centre for Contemporary British History and a member of the Institute of Historical Research Advisory Council (2001-09).

Sir John is also President of the Police Foundation, an independent think-tank whose objective is to improve policing services to the public by evidence-based research; a member of the Awards Council of the Royal Anniversary Trust; and a Trustee of the Police Rehabilitation Trust.

Born in 1939, he was educated at Brighton College (Lyon Scholar, now Vice-President, Fellow and President of the Old Brightonians Association), and Pembroke College, Cambridge (Open Scholar, now an Honorary Fellow), where he read English, and Modern and Medieval Languages. John Chilcot has been married to Rosalind Chilcot, an artist, since 1964.
Date: 8 February 2019, 17:00 (Friday, 4th week, Hilary 2019)
Venue: St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Road OX2 6JF
Venue Details: Investcorp Auditorium, Middle East Centre
Speaker: Sir John Chilcot
Organising department: Middle East Centre
Organiser: Eugene Rogan (St Antony's College, Oxford)
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Part of: Middle East Centre Friday seminars Hilary Term 2019
Booking required?: Not required
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Audience: Public
Editor: Kaja Winney