On 8-9 November the conference was held at Glasgow University. The final list of speakers covered a wide range of specialties from senior civil servants and soldiers to academics from the United Kingdom and around the world. The speakers discussed the implications of Scottish independence and security not only for the potentially new nation, but for the rest of the United Kingdom and the world.
The coverage that the conference received was extraordinary. Different aspects of it were discussed in the Guardian, Herald, Telegraph, Times, Scotsman and Daily Mail. BBC Newsnight Scotland also ran a segment on the event the night before we started. Because of this intense interest, and because we have received many requests from the public for more information, we have decided to make the recordings from the event readily accessible online.
These audio podcasts can be downloaded from the GGSN Conference iTunes playlist.
Welcome – Dr Phillips O’Brien, GGSN Co-convenor, University of Glasgow
Introductory Address – Prof. Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow
Keynote I: Defending Scotland: A Military Perspective – Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE
The Geopolitics of and Independent Scotland – Prof. Sir Hew Strachan, Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow
Scotland’s Cooperative Option – Could post-independence defence costs be reduced though a ‘special relationship’ with the UK? – Prof. Malcolm Chalmers, Research Director and Director (UK Defence Policy), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Scotland – UK Defence-sharing: Lessons from NORDEFCO – Dr Colin Fleming, Scottish Centre for Constitutional Change, University of Edinburgh
A Safer Scotland? – Dr Sandy Hardie OBE
Intelligence and Security in the Twenty-First Century – Prof. Peter Jackson, University of Glasgow
Security Implications of Scottish Secession – Prof. Jaroslav Tir, University of Colorado Boulder
Internationally Irrelevant: The Limited Reach of Scotland’s Precedent-Setting – Prof. Steven Saideman, Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Keynote II:Thinking Strategically about Security – Sir David Omand GCB, Visiting Professor, King’s College London
Scotland and the European Union – Prof. Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen
Much Ado about Scotland in Europe: Scenarios for the Future – Dr Daniel Kenealy, University of Edinburgh
The Birth of the State has many Midwives – Dr Juliet Kaarbo, University of Edinburgh and Dr Ryan Beasley, University of St Andrews
In Praise of Moderation: Nato, Nuclear Weapons and Negotiating Scotland’s Future – Dr Phillips O’Brien, GGSN Co-Convenor, University of Glasgow
Global security, National Defence and the Future of Scotland – Dr John MacDonald, Director, Scottish Global Forum