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Incarcerated and Indoctrinated: How to Tackle Extremism in Prisons

1 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On 25th January 2020, the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Jonathan Hall QC announced a new review into terrorism across the prison estate in England and Wales. This timely announcement comes in the wake of a number of terrorist attacks perpetrated by radicalised offenders released from across the UK prison estate and an increase in violent attacks by jihadist inmates against prison officers. What changes now need to be made within the prison system to prevent the spread of…

Russian Spies and the Diaspora: The Compatriots with Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov

2 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We are delighted to host celebrated investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan as they discuss their timely and fascinating book The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia’s Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad. Building on their extensive expertise on Russian intelligence, this event will discuss the complex and changeable role of Russian émigrés from the October Revolution up until the present day.   In recent years, Russia’s compatriot policy has had a significant impact on influence and intelligence…

Does Myanmar Have a Democratic Future?

3 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On the 1st of February 2021, newly re-elected State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi was forcefully detained by a military junta, alongside other members of her National League of Democracy (NLD) party. This coup took place hours before her confirmation in Parliament. Leader of the Military, Min Aung Hlaing, claimed that the NLD were “neglecting to ensure free, fair and transparent elections,” though failed to give supporting evidence for the claims, and deceitfully promised to represent a “true…

Disinformation During COVID-19: The US-UK Experience

4 March @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It is almost five years since the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” its word of the year. Since then, the onslaught of fake news, disinformation, and conspiracy theorising have not only remained unrelenting, the problem has grown worse. With the COVID-19 pandemic, a maturing environment and practice of disinformation has found its ideal host, a virus within a virus. The practice of disinformation during the pandemic has added to existing political divisions in numerous nations and become as much about…

Authoritarian Challenges to the Liberal World Order

8 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Across the Eurasian landmass, authoritarian regimes are using deeply subversive means to destabilise the liberal democratic global order. A revisionist Russia is actively engaged in using below-threshold means to destabilise NATO partners across Europe. In the Baltic states and across eastern Europe, Russia continues utilising cyber-attacks and information warfare, whilst recently utilising sophisticated disinformation campaigns against the UK during the ongoing global pandemic. Further to the east, an emboldened China is seeking to export its deeply authoritarian governance structure across…

Russian Influence and Intelligence in the Western Balkans

10 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The US and EU’s lack of a coherent strategy towards the Western Balkans has emboldened Russia to hinder the region’s integration into the EU and NATO. In recent years, the Western Balkans has been at the forefront of Russia’s strategy to expand its global influence and undermine the West. These strategies have included more traditional soft power and trade approaches, as well as the widespread use of disinformation, cyberwarfare, and intelligence operations. Some of Russia’s more brazen intelligence activities in the…

Disengagement and Deradicalisation: A Critical Discussion

24 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Disengagement and deradicalisation are terms often used interchangeably, with little meaningful inquiry as to what either imply. Accusations abound of the failures and deficiencies of the measures employed to ‘cure the terrorist’, often with little appreciation of the complexities of human behaviour and the plethora of social, psychological and environmental factors which can influence behavioural and attitudinal change.   Neither disengagement nor deradicalisation is necessarily a permanent state, nor a reflux valve. Just as an individual can radicalise, so can…

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