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'Problems without passports': Ever growing national and international security challenges - 8 June 2022

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UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, spoke of transnational 'problems without passports' which threaten global peace, health and prosperity, and require international cooperation to be resolved. The School of Security Studies at King’s College London is home to several world-leading research centres, conducting cutting edge research on many of these ‘problems without passports’ that threaten national and international security.

This roundtable features the Directors of five of these centres – the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), the Centre for Defence Studies (CDS), the King’s Intelligence and Security Research Group (KISG), the Cyber Security Research Group (CSRG), and the Centre for Grand Strategy (CGS) – in moderated conversation.

Given that each of these groups hosts academics, researchers, and affiliates who are producing pioneering research on many of the most consequential and significant security-related issues that the world faces – including the threats of violent extremism, global nuclear risk, and cyber-attacks on networked systems – this will be a unique opportunity to understand where the challenges intersect and what must be done to mitigate their impact. How can intelligence professionals distinguish between signals and noise in the age of information? How can strategists bring a greater degree of historical and strategic expertise to statecraft, diplomacy and foreign policy? What are the security and defence implications of the UK Integrated Review, and what policy shifts are required to meet these ends? All these questions, and more, will be tackled by our panellists as they set out to understand how the discipline of national and international security has developed, and where research in this field is going, to tackle the world's greatest transnational problems moving forwards.

About the panel

  • Chair: Dr Maeve Ryan, Lecturer in History and Grand Strategy, Department of War Studies and Co-director of the Centre for Grand Strategy.

  • Dr Gina Vale is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

  • Dr Tim Stevens, Senior Lecturer in Global Security, Department of War Studies and Head of the King's Cyber Security Research Group.

  • Professor Michael Goodman, Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs, Head of the Department of War Studies, and Director of the King's Intelligence and Security Group.

  • Professor John Gearson, Professor of National Security Studies, Department of War Studies, Director of the Freeman Air & Space Institute and Director of the Centre for Defence Studies.

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8 June 2022