fh-londonCreating Enemies: Critical perspectives on the justification of war

Date: Saturday, 12 November 2016
Time: 10:00–17:00
Place: William Penn Room, Friends House, 173–177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ

10:00–10:20 – Registration & coffee

10:20–10:30 – Welcome – John Bourton (Chairman VFP UK)

10:30–11:00 – Creating Enemies: A long view from history and archaeology
Kathryn Piquette (VFP UK)
Andrew Gardner (University College London)

11:00–13:00 – Creating Enemies: Social & anthropological perspectives

11:00–11:45 – How to Make Enemies & Mobilise Aggression, Steven Gardiner (VFP USA)

11:45–13:00 – Panel: Chaired by Steven Gardiner
Bilal Ahmed (Associate Editor, Souciant.com), 10 mins
Omran Belhadi (Caseworker, Reprieve), 10 mins
Gareth Peirce (Lawyer, Bindbergs), 10 mins
Lena Mohamed (Islamic Human Rights Comission), 10 mins

12:30-13:00: Discussion: 30 mins

13:00–14:00 – Lunch (self-catered)

(13:30–14:00 Screening of new VFP film by Arla Albertine)

14:00–14:30 Memory of Time: British soldier snapshots
Stuart Griffiths (VFP UK)

14:30–15:00 Panel: Creating Enemies – In military training & on the battlefield, part 1
Chaired by Ben Griffin (VFP UK)
Matthew Hoh (VFP USA) and Wayne Sharrocks (VFP UK) 15 mins each

15:00–15:15 Coffee/tea break

15:15–15:45 Panel: Creating Enemies – In military training & on the battlefield, part 2
Chaired by Ben Griffin (VFP UK)
Phil Clarke (VFP UK) and Joe Glenton (VFP UK), 15 mins each

15:45–16:15 Discussion

16:15 Closing Remarks



  1. J says:


    Are you aware if joining your organisation would breach rules/regulations for serving reservists? I’m aware this may seem hypocritical but I really would like to speak specifically to you about this topic.


    1. admin says:


      We have had soldiers, sailors and airmen serving in the regulars who have joined VFP and continue to be members post discharge.

      Send me an email coord@vfpuk.org

  2. Dave Hancock says:

    Hello to my brothers and sisters on the other side of The Pond.
    Best wishes for upcoming Christmas ’16 and the 2017 new year just around the corner.

    Dave Hancock (vet)
    US Army (ASA)
    Veterans for Peace USA
    Chapter 21, North New Jersey

  3. Stuart Godbold says:

    I am Stuart Godbold.
    17years RAF. 2 years FCO.
    I now reside in Poland.
    I enquire about an expat branch of VFP.
    I feel strongly that I have to help this cause.
    I have deep reservations about my role and service with the UK military and FCO.
    Can you provide me with any direction and information.
    In angst
    My regards
    Stuart Godbold

    1. admin says:

      Hi Stuart

      We haven’t heard from any veterans in Poland yet though we have in Germany.

      Please do join us and we can offer advice on how to start something in Poland.



      Ben Griffin

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