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The conference, the third organised by RUSI’s Modern Deterrence project, took place on 13 November 2019 at RUSI in London in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. As a result of late withdrawals by UK members of parliament Jeremy Hunt, Madeleine Moon and Damian Collins – necessitated by the just-called 12 December general election – the speaker lineup had quickly been reconstituted. The conference featured a strong list of European and American speakers covering a wide range of issues. Beginning with a keynote by Dan Eliasson, Director-General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the panels looked at the role of defence and offence in:
• The deterrence of greyzone aggression, recognising that today’s aggression is often of a non-kinetic nature and directed against civil society.
• Communicating such greyzone deterrence capabilities.
• Climate change as a national security threat, and how to deter aggression that exploits climate change.
A full list of speakers is available here: <https://rusi.org/conference/modern-deterrenceconference-autumn-2019>. The event was conducted under the RUSI rule; issues discussed off the record during the Q&A sessions are therefore included but not attributed.
BANNER IMAGE: Cyber warfare operators attend a security workshop. Courtesy of R.J. Biermann/US Air Force