Under 35 Forum: Policy Making in Defence and Security

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cavanaghmA seminar discussion led by Matt Cavanagh, Associate Director, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).

This seminar will seek to assess the work of the UK’s National Security Council, its predecessors and related bodies; and examine how successful a mechanism the forum has been for delivering the priorities identified within the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).  The session will also open-up discussion about the nature of the UK’s post-Libya foreign policy and the challenges associated with the wider policy making process within the UK. This will be immediately followed by a short drinks reception.

Matt Cavanagh is an Associate Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Matt has extensive broadcast media experience including on BBC TV and radio, Sky and others. He writes for Prospect and Spectator magazines, and has published online articles for the New Statesman, the Independent, the Guardian's Comment Is Free, and elsewhere. Before joining IPPR in 2011, Matt worked as a special adviser for the Labour government between 2003 and 2010, in the Home Office, the Treasury, the Ministry of Defence, and finally in the Number 10 Policy Unit from 2007 to 2010. From 2000 to 2003, Matt worked for the Boston Consulting Group and prior to that as a lecturer in Philosophy at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He has a BA in PPE, BPhil in Philosophy, and DPhil in Political Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Matt’s article, ‘Missed Opportunity: How Failures of Leadership Derailed the SDSR’, was published in the October 2011 edition of the RUSI Journal.

Matt Ince will be chairing this event.

This event is open exclusively to members of the Under 35 Forum. To find out more about the Under 35 Forum please visit www.rusi.org/under35   

To attend this event, please register online using the "Book your place" button above.  If you have any queries, please contact Matt Ince, Under 35 Forum Co-ordinator, at matti@rusi.org or call +44 (0)20 7747 2629.

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