The Future Face of War - Book Discussion

  • Future Face of War
23 May, 2018
5pm - 7pm
Harris Lecture Theatre
All Welcome

All are welcome to attend this free talk, "The Future Face of War", which will take the form of a conversation between David Patrikarakos and Stathis Kalyvas, moderated by Oriel Fellow in Politics Teresa Bejan.

They will be discussing Mr Patrikarakos’ brand new book War in 140 characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century and related topics. The discussion promises to analyse how the rapid digitisation of our societies is not only changing the dynamics, but indeed the fundamental incentives of war. With the spectres of a twitter-bots army and a propaganda war looming over us, there is no better time to hear from these experts.

The idea for War in 140 Characters, Patrikarakos writes, came a few years ago “while lying on my bed in a bleak room of the Ramada hotel in Donetsk, listening to the sound of shelling on the city’s outskirts.” Reporting on the war between Russia and Ukraine from that city, he found that Twitter knew things long before traditional media did and that part of the Ukrainian army’s supply system was run by a woman who had a Facebook account and no official job. But it wasn’t just that: The actual military moves seemed less important than the stories both sides were spinning online.

David Patrikarakos is a journalist and author, contributing editor at The Daily Beast, contributing writer at POLITICO, and author of Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State and War in 140 characters. He is a Poynter Fellow at Yale and a Non-Resident Fellow at St Andrews. David studied Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

Stathis Kalyvas is the Gladstone Professor of Government at the Department of Politics and International Relations and a fellow of All Souls College. He was previously the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also founded and headed the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence. He is the author of Modern Greece: What everyone needs to know, Order, Conflict, Violence, The Logic of Violence in Civil War, and The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe. You can find out more at

Teresa Bejan is a fellow of Oriel College and associate Professor of Political Theory. Before coming to Oxford, Dr Bejan taught at the University of Toronto and as a Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University in 2013. She is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2015 Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in political philosophy. In 2016, she was elected as the final Balzan-Skinner Fellow in Modern Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. She is also the author of Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration.