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The Warrior Nation podcast is a deep dive into military affairs and the relationship between defence, the armed forces and civil society in modern Britain, produced and edited by ForcesWatch. ForcesWatch is a UK organisation dedicated to investigating militarisation, military ethics and human rights concerns. We expose and challenge unethical military recruitment practices, issues affecting personnel and veterans, and initiatives that aim to build support for war.
 
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Being Forces Friendly

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Want to find out more about partnering with Defence and what it means to be a Forces-friendly organisation? Then Being Forces Friendly is the podcast for you! Join us every month for a mini podcast where we'll be sitting down with guests from the Armed Forces, government and business and getting the inside knowledge from the experts.
 
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In the fifth instalment of our series on war and memory we speak with Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff on the different ways Empire is remembered in Britain and the disconnect between how the British state wants the public to view the country's colonial past and the way it is seen by different communities. Maya also discusses how these histories - i…
 
In the fourth installment of our series on war and memory we speak with former British Army mental health clinician Christian Hughes on the traumatic impacts of conflict, and explore the relatively new acknowledgment of moral injury. He explains how military training conditions soldiers to respond to traumatic events in ways that may be counterprod…
 
In the third installment of our series on war and memory we speak with American academic and Vietnam veteran Jerry Lembcke on how resistance to the conflict in South East Asia was framed during the 1960s and 70s. The discussion focuses on two key positions in Jerry's work: stab in the back theory and the pathologising of dissent through the coining…
 
In the second episode of our new series on war and memory, we speak with founder of Forensic Architecture Eyal Weizman and academic Susan Schuppli on the role memory plays in testimony and witnessing. The discussion explores the different approaches to evidence in war crimes tribunals, starting with the Nuremburg trials of 1945, and explains how th…
 
In the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, and the Conservative Government's attempt to impose a maximum sentence of 10-years for vandalising statues, we speak with academics Natasha Danilova and Adam Elliot-Cooper on the national histories constructed through memorials and statues, and the spaces of reconstruction opened up by their remo…
 
Joe Glenton is joined by Phil Miller, staff reporter at Declassified UK and author of 'Keenie Meenie: The British mercenaries who got away with war crimes', for a wide ranging discussion on defence journalism and coverage of the UK military in the media. Declassified provides critical investigative reporting on the UK military, security services an…
 
In the first episode of our second series, we talk about Armed Forces Day with Symon Hill of the Peace Pledge Union, the pacifist campaigning organisation. We discuss the context in which the annual event came into existence in 2009, how it works to market armed forces recruitment and the military more generally and promote arms companies, and the …
 
For the finale of our first podcast season, we spoke to political hip hop artist Lowkey about war, militarism, the current political climate, and our hopes and prospects for the future. The event was recorded in front of a live audience at Housmans Bookshop in London on 4 December and co-hosted with peace activist Maya Evans. The music in this podc…
 
We talk to ForcesWatch’s founders David Gee and Emma Sangster, about recruitment and militarism in the UK and some of ForcesWatch’s key outputs over the years. Join us as we discuss: How and why ForcesWatch began The lack of ‘informed choice’ in the military’s enlistment of minors How we define militarism How militaristic the UK is compared to othe…
 
We talk to academics Vron Ware and Antonia Dawes about their ongoing project with Mitra Pariyar: a two-year study of an army town in Wiltshire. We discuss why and how significant policy changes over the last ten years are changing the relationship between military and civilian communities, and the impacts of relocating thousands of soldiers from Ge…
 
We talk to satirical artist Darren Cullen about what led him away from a career in advertising and into a career producing political art. He uses the language of advertising to make work about the empty promises of consumerism and the lies of military recruiters. Join us as we discuss: Military recruitment advertising The backlash of criticising th…
 
We are joined by Dr Victoria Basham, a reader in International Relations at Cardiff University and President of the European International Studies Association. Her research focuses on issues of gender, race, class and sexuality in relation to militaries, militarism and militarisation. She is editor of the Critical Military Studies (CMS) journal and…
 
In the wake of the Court of Appeal ruling that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are illegal given war crimes in Yemen, we talk to expert Andrew Feinstein about his life exposing the global sale of arms. We pull apart the nature of this trade, discuss some little known facts about it and consider how it is perceived and portrayed in British society. Jo…
 
In our opening episode we talk to academic Professor Paul Dixon about his research into the British military’s efforts to militarise society, encroach on democracy and shape public attitudes to war and defence. We look at the ideas behind our joint 2018 ‘Warrior Nation’ report, from which our new podcast takes its name, in an effort to understand e…
 
As 2017 comes to an end, we sit down with representatives from Deloitte and the Drive Project to get their insight on the Veterans Work films that they create with the Officers Association earlier this year.Visit here to watch the videos: https://www.veteranswork.org.ukDi Defence Relationship Management
 
The fifth episode of the Being Forces-Friendly podcast is here. We are joined by representatives from three different organisations which have one big thing in common. They are all recipients of this year's Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards.Join us to find out how Combat Pest Control is helping clear land mines in Afghanistan. Also, h…
 
In the latest episode of the Being Forces-Friendly Podcast we talk to two of the Armed Forces community’s biggest supporters, Helen Swift from Airbus and Mark Ascott from BT.Join us as we take an inside look at the effect that the Armed Forces community are having on two major UK businesses and the benefits they have found in them. We'll also be di…
 
Last month we enjoyed a day of speeches, seminars and networking at the Partnering with Defence Conference.We heard fantastic speeches from the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon as well as two incredibly impressive female veterans who are challenging the idea of what a veteran is. But while we were there we took a moment…
 
Want to find out more about partnering with Defence and what it means to be a Forces-friendly organisation? Then Being Forces Friendly is the podcast for you!Join us every month for a mini podcast where we'll be sitting down with guests from the Armed Forces, government and business and getting the inside knowledge from the experts.This month we sa…
 
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