Welcome to our highly anticipated ‘Chief of Army History Conference 2017’ series of videos.  The conference was held in Canberra on 19-20 October 2017, and was sponsored by the Army History Unit. Now in its 24th year, the conference saw some of the world’s most prestigious military historians presenting on the theme  The Skill of Adaptability: The Learning Curve in Combat.’ Topics ranged from the Boer War through to modern conflicts such as the War in Afghanistan.

We hope you enjoy the presentations which the speakers have generously agreed to share with us.  The presentations represent the speakers personal views and are not the official view of the Australian Army or any other organisation. This presentation on ‘The Canadians in Afghanistan: relearning the art of irregular warfare' is delivered by Dr Ian Hope.

About the presenter: Ian Hope’s operational experiences include the
 first Gulf War in 1991, multiple tours in the Balkans, Africa, and Afghanistan, and domestic operations.
He commanded the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group (Task Force Orion) in combat in Kandahar in 2006, earning the Meritorious Service Cross. Colonel Hope is now serving on faculty at the NATO Defense College in Rome.