Strategic Communications in the 21st Century.

Date: 
8th March 2017
Event location/address: 
King's College London, River Room, King's Building

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This conference celebrates the partnership between the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, King’s College London and NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga. 
We live in an era of turbulence. Unpredictability stalks the world of geopolitics. States struggle to respond to dynamic transformations that surround them. Insurgent movements seem to have their fingers on the pulse of change. Sovereign borders are breached, cyber systems attacked, and diplomacy seems out of step with the speed of developments that popular social media propel. In this environment, what does it mean to communicate strategically? What does tomorrow’s world hold for strategic communicators? 

Agenda

09:15 - 09:30            
Welcoming Remarks, Dr Neville Bolt, Director, King’s Centre for Strategic Communications

09:30 - 11:00             
Panel 1: Turbulence. Analyses of geopolitical turbulence from diverse perspectives. Experts in strategic affairs, diplomacy, risk, and cyber-security offer insights into the unfolding complexities of contemporary politics. 
Panellists: Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman (King’s College London), Professor Thomas Rid (King’s College London), Professor Peter Neumann (King’s College London)

11:30 - 13:00
Panel 2: Strategy and Tactics. Understanding the impact of unpredictability and non-linearity on states and policy makers. Are strategic communications falling victim to a tactical mind-set?
Panellists: Professor Beatrice Heuser (University of Reading), Dr Kate Utting (Defence Academy of the United Kingdom), James P. Farwell (The Farwell Group/KCSC)

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch

14:00 - 15:30
Panel 3: Tomorrow. Strategic communicators dare not countenance falling into a tactical trap. We explore routes out of the various challenges faced by NATO and state communicators
Panellists: Mark Laity (NATO SHAPE), The Baroness Verma of Leicester (the House of Lords), Carmen Romero (NATO)

15:30 - 16:00
Concluding Remarks, Jānis Sārts, Director, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence          

This event is invitations only. The event will be live-streamed on the webpage of the NATO StratCom COE.