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Elisabeth Braw and General Sir Richard Barrons discuss how the strategic context for Europe’s security and defence is rapidly changing. In the modern defence environment, states face a significant transformation of military capacity through new technology. More broadly, liberal democracies face state-actor aggression, including against their civil societies. This discussion focuses on the revitalisation of collective security and the use of modern deterrence, involving the defence forces, the wider government, industry and population.

About the Speakers:

Elisabeth Braw, a native of Sweden, directs the Modern Deterrence programme at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), which focuses on how governments, businesses and civil society can work together to strengthen countries’ defence against existing and emerging threats. Prior to RUSI, she worked at Control Risks following a career as a journalist. Previously, Ms Braw was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.

General Sir Richard Barrons served as Commander of the Joint Forces Command, one of the six Chiefs of Staff leading the UK Armed Forces. He led military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined the Army via Sandhurst in 1977 and read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.