The Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong is honoured to welcome General Lord Richards to speak on the theme of our chaotic and dangerous world – from Ukraine to the Middle East and beyond - and its origins in the demise of Grand Strategy, statesmanship and statecraft.
In his talk, General Richards speaks of his years as a commander on active service in numerous countries on three continents, in an enlightening, controversial and often amusing talk that combines anecdote with description.
He then goes on to address the major wars and latent conflicts affecting global security, their causes and possible solutions. This is followed by a “Fireside Chat” and Q&A session.
General Lord Richards was commissioned into the British Royal Artillery, after qualifying as a both a commando and parachuter. He served in the Far East, Germany and Northern Ireland, before commanding operations in protecting East Timor and most notably in 2000 Sierra Leone. Here his actions, without official sanction, saving the country from rebel attacks during the Sierra Leone Civil War, brought him worldwide fame.
In 2006 General Richards commanded NATO forces in Afghanistan as the Alliance extended its writ across the whole country. With troops from some 25 countries under him, notably he was the first foreign general to command US troops at theatre level since WW2. He was knighted for his period in command, the first operational knighthood awarded since WW2.
In 2009, General Richards was promoted to become Chief of the General Staff, the head of the British Army. He was promoted to Chief of the Defence Staff, the head of all British Armed Forces, in 2010. Here, he sat on the National Security Council and led the British military response to the Arab Spring as well as other wars in the Middle East, including those in the Yemen, Libya and Syria, reinforcing his reputation as an expert on many aspects of international affairs.
Since 2013, General Richards has worked as a Senior Adviser to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and as an adviser to numerous companies and foreign governments on security strategy. He was Aide-de-Camp General to HM Queen Elizabeth II and bore the Sword of Justice at the Coronation of HM Charles III. He is Grand President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League and until recently was Colonel Commandant of the Brigade of Gurkhas. He is a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath and is a recipient of the Churchillian Award for Leadership. General Richards is also author of the bestselling autobiography “Taking Command” and the forthcoming book “Retreat from Strategy”.
Individuals and smaller groups are very welcome to join this event. You are also welcome to book full tables for 12 people.
The cost includes a three-course Banquet Dinner including welcome drinks and unlimited drinks throughout the evening.
Members’ Priority Booking until 9 February: $1,280
Non-Members including a one-year RGS-HK membership, when paid by recurring credit card: $1,480
Non-Members including a one-year RGS-HK membership, when paid by other means: $1,680
The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its grateful thanks to Freshfields, Silversea, Mandarin Oriental Group and Cathay Pacific for their generous support as the Title Sponsors of this Banquet Dinner.
The opinions expressed in this event are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.