Cyber Diplomacy and the EU: The role of cyber and digital in foreign policy

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The opportunities and risks posed by cyber and digital technologies have thrust them into the global spotlight. Advanced technologies are seen as the engine for economic growth and have become a lodestar of geopolitics. National governments are eager to support innovation while avoiding risk, and foreign policy is a central part of that mission.


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To represent their interests in an increasingly busy digital space, countries have appointed dedicated cyber ambassadors. Pioneered by European countries, the cyber ambassador’s remit is expanding, although roles and responsibilities vary considerably between national contexts. Cyber ambassadors can focus on trade and business, broader engagement in multilateral forums and strategic groupings, or bilateral engagements with big tech companies. As the role is adopted more widely, it is important to understand its remit, priorities and relationship to broader objectives.

In this event, we will host a panel of current cyber ambassadors from across Western, Eastern and Central Europe, to be announced in the run-up to the event. They will provide insights into the nature and scope of their role, in addition to how they see the cyber and digital landscape today and going into the next decade.

Speakers

  • Ambassador Dr Regine Grienberger, German Ambassador for Cyber Foreign Policy
  • Ambassador Tanel Sepp, Estonian Ambassador-at-Large for Cyber Diplomacy
  • Ambassador Nathalie Jaarsma, Dutch Ambassador-at-Large for Security Policy and Cyber
     

The event will be chaired by RUSI Distinguished Fellow and former UK Cyber Security Ambassador Conrad Prince CB.

How to attend

To take part you must pre-register no later than 7 November using the ‘Register Now’ button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions, please email Živilė Kulevičiūtė, Events Manager, at ZivileK@rusi.org.



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