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RUSI Modern Deterrence Conference: societal defence and resilience

Geopolitical Risk

By Andreas Haggman | July 30, 2019

The annual conference of our Modern Deterrence programme at RUSI provided insights into civilian, political and military responsibilities when facing the range modern threats, from cyber-attacks and disinformation campaigns to power outages and wildfires.

On 29 May the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Modern Deterrence programme organised an international conference to explore aspects of societal defence and resilience. The event featured an opening keynote from Ruth Smeeth MP and was broadly divided into three sessions:

  • Policy
  • Planning and exercises
  • Crisis response

Participants and speakers came from a range of government, industry and academic organisations. The main thrust of the conference was to define civilian, political and military responsibilities in deterring and countering a variety of modern threats, which range from cyber-attacks and disinformation campaigns to power outages and wildfires.

Willis Research Network (WRN) is a partner of the Modern Deterrence programme and was represented at the conference both in the audience and by Andrew Hall as a panel speaker. This engagement continues to place Willis Towers Watson in a position to inform these important debates, which are closely entwined with our Geopolitical Risk initiative. By being at the forefront of these discussions, Willis Towers Watson is positioned as a credible and influential voice on geopolitical risk, informing policy, best practices and advising our clients.


Andreas Haggman
Emerging risks research manager

Andreas heads up the Willis Research Network Emerging Risks hub, focusing on geopolitics, cyber, technology and future trends. He works to connect academic and other research providers with the company, ensuring that we take advantage of the latest knowledge and tools to shape and enhance our client offerings. Andreas has a PhD in cyber security, has previously studied conflict and intelligence, and has experience in the video games, retail, and defence sectors.

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