Improvised Explosive Devices: global solutions for a global threat ?>

Improvised Explosive Devices: global solutions for a global threat

A conference to discuss the findings from an inquiry held by the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons

15th September 2016, Macmillan Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA


Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have dominated the news headlines recently, with 2015 being dubbed ‘the year of the suicide bomber’.

IEDs now harm more innocent people than landmines, and explosive remnants of war and are becoming a political priority across the globe. Incidents like those in Paris and Brussels, and most recently in Istanbul, are frightening because they are so close to home. But people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and many other countries live in constant fear of the indiscriminate nature of IEDs, and the callous and malicious mindset of the actors who perpetrate them on their communities.

In November 2015 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons launched an inquiry into the use of IEDs, organisations with submitted written input from the commercial, NGO, academic and statutory fields of Counter IED, from around the world from. This conference on IEDs will examine the ‘up-stream’ element of the use of explosive weapons, (from inception to deployment) covering everything from chains of command and supply, and of funding. It will provide an opportunity to examine how we move forward and refine our political, social and practical approach to these weapons.

The APPG inquiry  examined who the main groups are who deploy IEDs and use suicide bombers, the role of money laundering schemes in how movements are financed, and the provision of pre-cursor materials to bomb makers.  We have touched on the international legal position regarding IEDs, contrasting them against landmines and other ‘conventional weapons’.

Chaired by the charismatic journalist, doctor and former British Army officer Saleyha Ashan and hosted by Roger Mullin MP, Chairman of the APPG on Explosive weapons, the panel includes:

  • Agnes Marcaillou, Director,United Nations Mine Action Service
  • Hannah Bryce, Manager International Security, Chatham House
  • Dr Laura Cleary, Head of the Centre for International Security & Resilience and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Cranfield University
  • Iain Overton, CEO, Action on Armed Violence
  • Maj. Gen Jonathan Shaw, Chairman, Optima Group
  • Brig Gareth Collett, Defence Attache, British Embassy in Iraq

Delegates will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion in question and answer sessions and during the final plenary session.

  • 9:00 Registration and coffee
  • 9:30 Welcome and introduction of conference moderator and panellists
  • 9:35 Context setting – Background to the enquiry and structure of analysis
  • Roger Mullin MP, chairman of the APPG to set out findings from the report and questions arising. Panel discussion will be in light of these findings.
  • 10:00 Panel discussion – ‘Countering the network’ pillar one of C-IED
  • 10:45 Coffee break
  • 11:15 Panel discussion – ‘Countering the device’ pillar two of C-IED
  • 12:00 Panel discussion – ‘Preparing the people’ pillar three of C-IED
  • 12:45 Lunch and networking
  • 13:45 Plenary discussion, Q&A and next steps
  • 15:00 Close
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