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Conversations with Strategy featuring Karen Allen, former BBC Foreign Correspondent - 26 November 2020

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Discussant: Professor Rachel Kerr

Speaker: Karen Allen, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies


'Conversations with Strategy' is an events series offering all War Studies students a unique opportunity to gain insights from some of our most prestigious visiting fellows. From former diplomats to intelligence analysts, journalists, civil servants and policymakers, Visiting Professors will discuss their career journey, key tips, advice for success in their chosen profession and the lessons they’ve learned, and offer insights into contemporary strategic challenges.

This will be followed by a Q & A and conversation with students.



Karen Allen is a former BBC Foreign Correspondent and an alumni of King's College London. She spent nearly 15 years of her news reporting career based in East and Southern Africa as well as Afghanistan.

She has also worked in Iraq (2002, 2004, 2016) and Libya in 2012 and has an interest in the relationship between international justice issues and terrorism. She is currently based in South Africa at the Institute for Security Studies where she leads the programme on emerging threats in Africa. These include the unintended consequences of new technologies such as UAS/drones, and both cyber dependent and cyber enabled crimes including disinformation campaigns on social media and digital vigilantism. She contributes to a number of publications including NATO's Defence Strategic Communications as well as a number of international newspapers.


This event is part of the 'Conversations with Strategy' seminar series, that will offer students a unique opportunity to gain insights from the Department's distinguished visiting fellows.

Please register via Zoom, once registered attendees will receive an email confirming the joining details.

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26 November 2020

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