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Roscoe Lecture: Mark Sedwill CMG

Lecture postponed.

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It is with regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, this Roscoe Lecture has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

For more than 20 years, LJMU has invited some of the country’s leading commentators to join staff, students and the people of Liverpool in discussing issues that matter to them.

The Roscoe Lectures use research, humour and political insight to explore current, engaging topics.

Mark Phillip Sedwill, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister will present a lecture titled National Security in the Digital Era.

Mark SedwillLecture abstract
The internet and the era of rapid technological innovation has had a profound impact on society, the economy and National Security. The threats faced by the UK are more complex, varied and difficult to deter than at any time since WWII and the traditional rules of the game are being rewritten. Boundaries between home and abroad have been eroded and State and non-State adversaries are exploiting new techniques, weapons and tactics to threaten our security. Cyber represents a new domain for culture, businesses, politics and warfare. In response to this rapidly evolving environment, Government, NGOs, businesses and citizens must work together to ensure that we take full advantage of the enormous benefits that these technological developments bring, while at the same time cooperating to counter the novel nature of National Security challenges they present. Our approach must be nimble, innovative and broad spectrum – integrating new capabilities and coordinating our approach better than ever before. We must confront new questions about the balance between freedom and security in the Digital Era and establish new approaches to Statecraft to maintain our strategic advantage and keep our people safe.

About Mark Sedwill

Mark Philip Sedwill CMG was appointed National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister in April 2017.

Joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989, Mark has held a number of high profile positions, including Ambassador to Afghanistan in 2009 and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan in 2010. He also served as Political Director in 2012, as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2011.

Most recently, Mark held the position of Permanent Secretary at the Home Office from February 2013 until April 2017.

Mark was educated at the University of St Andrews, where he graduated as a Bachelor of Science. He was later awarded a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Please note: bookings will open 6 weeks prior to the Lecture date.

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