GGSN International Conference 2013

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 PerspectiveLt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE


The Geopolitics of and Independent ScotlandProf. 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 NORDEFCODr Colin Fleming, Scottish Centre for Constitutional Change, University of Edinburgh


A Safer Scotland?Dr Sandy Hardie OBE


Intelligence and Security in the Twenty-First CenturyProf. Peter Jackson, University of Glasgow


Security Implications of Scottish SecessionProf. Jaroslav Tir, University of Colorado Boulder


Internationally Irrelevant: The Limited Reach of Scotland’s Precedent-SettingProf. Steven Saideman, Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs


Keynote II:Thinking Strategically about SecuritySir David Omand GCB, Visiting Professor, King’s College London


Scotland and the European UnionProf. Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen


Much Ado about Scotland in Europe: Scenarios for the FutureDr Daniel Kenealy, University of Edinburgh


The Birth of the State has many MidwivesDr Juliet Kaarbo, University of Edinburgh and Dr Ryan Beasley, University of St Andrews


In Praise of Moderation: Nato, Nuclear Weapons and Negotiating Scotland’s FutureDr Phillips O’Brien, GGSN Co-Convenor, University of Glasgow


Global security, National Defence and the Future of ScotlandDr John MacDonald, Director, Scottish Global Forum