On Thursday 5 March 2015, POLIS, the Forum on Geopolitics and RAND Europe co-hosted a panel discussion exploring perspectives on UK Foreign and Defence Policy. This event represented the first in a series of workshops aimed at bringing academics and practitioners together to think in collaborative, interdisciplinary and strategic ways about pressing issues in international relations.
The panel featured the following:
- Con Coughlin, Defence Editor, The Daily Telegraph, and author
- Sam Selvadurai, Strategy Adviser, Defence and International Security Issues, FCO Policy Unit
- Tom McKane, former Director General for Security Policy at MoD; RUSI Senior Associate Fellow and Visiting Senior Fellow LSE
The event was well attended by Cambridge students and faculty and by practitioners from a range of backgrounds. Short presentations were followed by a themed Q&A session, in a wide-ranging discussion that included discussion of:
- British perspectives on the most likely threat landscape within the next five to ten years, and the nature of those threats
- Key blockers to effective security preparation and response, including the absence of an agreed set of priorities deemed to be Britain's 'national interest'
- The detrimental impact on Britain's security of a pattern of low engagement within the body politic with operational considerations
- Ways in which the next security review could and should be conceptualized to achieve maximum benefit to Britain's security priorities
The second and third events in the series will be held in Michaelmas term 2015, on the topics of foreign fighters and cyber security respectively.
For details of these events, and to register interest, please contact Dr Charlie Laderman.