Space 4.0: New actors, competitions and challenges

On October 14, we had the pleasure to learn from Dr Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty about the characteristics of the Space 4.0 era, the security implications of the new multi-stakeholder space environment as well as the best ways to build an inclusive space governance regime. An outer-space lawyer by training, Dr Aganaba-Jeanty worked at the Nigerian Space Agency and at the Canadian Space Agency (as a consultant) before joining Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation. Her current research explores participation mechanisms for global space governance.

We also addressed the main opportunities and challenges of working in the space field, as Dr Aganaba-Jeanty is an active supporter of bringing more women to the field. This event was moderated by Alice Billon-Galland, Research Associate at Chatham House and member of the WIIS-UK Leadership Team.

If you have missed the live event, you can still hear from Dr Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty in this TED talk.

COVID-19 and Global Health Security: Preparing for the Unimaginable


Dr Catherine Rhodes, Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) and Senior Research Associate with the Biosecurity Research Initiative at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, joined us for this online event that aimed to bring debates on the ongoing pandemic into a broader context. Questions tackled during the presentation and the Q&A session included: how well were the UK and the international community prepared for the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic? What lessons are already emerging from the current crisis? What other extreme health risks are we unaware of, or aware of but unprepared for? And how to prepare for such high-impact, low-probability events? The debate was chaired by our own Chiara Libiseller (WIIS UK Leadership team).

WIIS UK March Social


Dr Joana Cook, senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, and Vicki Rowlands, an experienced civil servant with the Cabinet Office, joined us to share their insights on counter-terrorism and answer our questions.

KCL-ELN and WIIS-UK Wine Reception

WIIS UK partnered with the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King’s College London (KCL) and the European Leadership Network (ELN) for a wine reception on February 11. This reception brought together national security experts from government and civil society, next generation leaders, and members of the public to network and discuss opportunities and challenges for greater representation of women’s voices on nuclear issues. It was part of the KCL and ELN joint project “NPT Success in the P5 Process,” an innovative project funded by the U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) that seeks to identify potential opportunities and challenges for the P5 Process in advance of the 2020 P5 Process Conference and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.


WIIS @ NATO London Leaders Summit 2019

In partnership with WIIS Brussels, WIIS DC, and WIIS France, six delegates were chosen to attend a series of events along the sidelines of the 2019 NATO Leaders Summit in London. In lectures and discussions that focused on NATO’s role in the digital age, delegates met and discussed with representatives from government, parliament, national agencies and think tanks on December 4 and 5.


The six delegates teamed up to write policy briefs for WIIS, which can be accessed here:

NATO and 5G: Managing “High Risk” Vendors and Other Outsourced Infrastructure [PDF], by Clodagh Quain and Isabelle Roccia

Artificial Intelligence Is Already Transforming the Alliance. It’s Time for NATO and the EU to Catch Up [PDF], by Kulani Abendroth-Dias and Carolin Kiefer

Stronger Together: NATO’s Evolving Approach toward China [PDF], by Nad'a Kovalčíková and Gabrielle Tarini

Meet an Expert Winter Social: Jessica Cox and Ulrike Franke

On December 4, following the NATO Leaders Meeting in London, we were joined for a debrief with NATO's Director of Nuclear Policy Jessica Cox, and the European Council on Foreign Relations' Policy Fellow Ulrike Franke to discuss NATO and emerging technologies.

You can continue reading on Ulrike's views on and experiences in cyber security here.

In Conversation with Liis Mure

On November 13, we organised a small roundtable discussion with Liis Mure, Director of the NATO and European Department in the Estonian Ministry of Defence. In this entirely off-the-record event, Liis talked to around 15 WIIS UK delegates about the Estonian view of the Russian threat and NATO readiness, followed by a Q&A session.


Meet an Expert October Social: Annabel Jamieson Edwards and Natasha Faust

For this Social on cyber security we were joined by Annabel Jamieson Edwards, Cyber Reconnaissance Team Lead at Accenture, and Natasha Faust, Director, Kiris Group/Context Checks. Annabel and Natasha gave some insights into cyber security policy and industry to attendees who were then able to ask questions and meet further women in cyber security and international security more generally.

You can continue reading on Annabel’s views on and experiences in cyber security here.

Meet an Expert Social: Yvonni-Stefania Efstathiou and Cristina Varriale

We were joined by Yvonni-Stefania Efstathiou, programme coordinator and research analyst for Defence and Military Analysis at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and Cristina Varriale, research fellow in Proliferation and Nuclear Policy at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
















Meet an Expert Social: Ashley Manning

We are joined by Ashley Manning, currently an exchange officer at the UK Ministry of Defence on the defence strategy and priorities team, to speak about her professional experience.

More information here.

ADS Group-WIIS UK Event: The Role and Contribution of SMEs to the UK Security Sector

Leading women in the British Security sector join us to discuss the role and contribution of SMEs to the UK Security sector, kindly hosted by ADS Group.

WIIS UK May Social

More information here.

Chatham House-WIIS UK Event: Keeping the Peace: The New Landscape for European Security and Defence

For decades, European security and defence has been underpinned by the institutions of the European Union and NATO. However, the Brexit negotiations have complicated the UK’s continued involvement in critical EU security mechanisms, such as Europol, and the Trump administration’s vocal criticism of NATO has called into question the future strength of the alliance. With security efforts across Europe having to adapt to a new threat landscape that includes cyber-attacks, radical terrorism, and ever-more complicated demands on border security, what impact will the changing nature of NATO and the EU have on the security and defence of European states?

More information here.

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Institute for International Strategic Studies-WIIS UK Event: Europe at Sea

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Annalisa Piras, the documentary follows Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as she contends with Europe’s pressing migration and security challenges. With exclusive access to EU military and civilian missions in the southern Mediterranean Sea and Niger, the film offers a unique insight into the decision-making that shaped Europe's response to a mounting, multifaceted crisis.

​More information here.

​WIWIP-WIIS UK Event: Female Engagement in Hostile Environments

Counterinsurgency strategies focused on “winning hearts and minds” and population engagement have led to the emergence of all-female military units known as Team Lioness and Female Engagement Teams (FETs). The U.S. Marines Corps set up FETs in 2009 to engage with local Afghan women – a segment of society inaccessible to male troops due to cultural norms and traditions.

More information here.


WIIS UK Winter Social

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WIIS UK October Social

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