How is cyber and new technologies impacting international affairs?

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28 February 2018

The International Relations Committee takes evidence from experts on cyber technology and security in international relations, followed by a video-link to New York with leading foreign affairs analyst, Dr Richard Haass.


Wednesday 28 February, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Mr Tom Fletcher CMG, Former Ambassador and Visiting Professor in International Relations, New York University

At 11.30am

  • Dr Andrea Calderaro, Director, Centre for Internet and Global Politics, Cardiff University
  • Dr Madeline Carr, Associate Professor  of International Relations and Cyber Security, UCL
  • Professor Philip Howard, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute

At 2.00pm

  • Dr Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations (video-conferencing)

Possible questions

  • How have digital technologies changed the world conditions in which the UK conducts its foreign policy?
  • How should diplomats use digital technologies, including social media?
  • How much of a challenge is cyber security, and how well have the UK and its allies responded to threats?
  • To what extent have digital technologies empowered citizens and sub-national organisations to both challenge governments and act internationally?
  • To what extent has this affected international relations?
  • Some aspects of President Trump’s foreign policy have been described as more traditionally Republican than had been expected. How conventional is President Trump’s foreign policy?
  • From the US’s perspective, how important is the UK in international affairs?

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