OPEN TO ALL: Non-State Actors and the Changing Nature of Conflict

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RUSI is pleased to host the fifth RUSI-Ditchley Foundation roundtable, part of a series of events designed to bring the discussions at Ditchley conferences to a wider audience. 

This roundtable will follow the Ditchley Foundation's conference in early April 2017, held in partnership with the United Nations University, which brought together policy practitioners, experts, technologists and business leaders to look at the changing nature of armed conflict and the rise of non-state actors.

The nature of armed conflict is rapidly evolving and the current generation of civil wars is becoming more difficult to resolve. Their number has tripled since 2007. They have also become more deadly, with a six-fold increase in battle deaths in the past five years. A key factor in the increased intractability of armed conflicts has been the rise of non-state actors. Globalisation, the spread of the internet, and the growth of illicit flows of people and goods have made it easier for violent non-state actors to acquire weapons, raise funds, recruit fighters, and publicise their claims. In these circumstances the international community needs to take a clear-eyed look at its conflict management toolbox and explore how it can be adapted to meet this changing nature of armed conflict, and the new actors.

RUSI will welcome a distinguished panel of speakers to look again at some of the key conclusions from the conference, some of which include:

  • Manveen Rana, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC
  • General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI
  • GCHQ Senior Speaker

The event will be chaired by the Director of the Ditchley Foundation, Mr James Arroyo OBE.

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