Adapting to a Changing World - Stabilisation Capabilities after the Strategic Defence and Security Review

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RUSImotif 2A presentation by Sheelagh Stewart, Head of the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit (SU) and Colonel Alan Richmond OBE, Commander of the Military Stabilisation Support Group (MSSG). 

The Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and the development of a new National Security Strategy, mark a watershed moment in UK defence and security policy. Responding to future threats in straitened financial times poses significant challenges for both Whitehall and the Armed Forces. With the emphasis in the SDSR on integrating civilian and military stabilisation capabilities, Sheelagh Stewart and Colonel Alan Richmond will examine how the SU and MSSG will respond to changing demands in delivering a holistic and sustainable approach to security; focusing particularly on threats posed by fragile states.

Sheelagh Stewart has served as Head of the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit since January 2010. The Unit supports fragile states and countries emerging from conflict. She was formerly Deputy Director, South Asia at the Department for International Development (DfID). Sheelagh has held various senior roles at DfID including Head of Profession for Governance and Conflict, Senior Programme Manager of Human Development and Senior Governance Adviser. Before joining DfID, she worked as an Independent Governance and Human Rights Consultant, a Senior Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies and as Chief Executive of Musasa Project, a human rights organisation in Zimbabwe.

Colonel Alan Richmond OBE was commissioned into 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards in 1988. Most of his regimental service was in reconnaissance and he has seen active service in the first Gulf War, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, the second Gulf War and in Afghanistan. From 2005 to 2007 he was the Military Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff, working for both General Sir Michael Walker and Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup. Thereafter, he commanded 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards and Battlegroup South in Garmsir, Helmand Province on Operation HERRICK 9 from October 2008 to April 2009. He assumed command of the Military Stabilisation Support Group in December 2010.

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