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Tue, 03 Jul


61 Whitehall St

Think Tanks in the 21st Century: Engaging Youth and Use of Technology

A panel event on how technology has changed the way think tanks operate with The Young Diplomats Forum.

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Time & Location

03 Jul 2018, 16:00

61 Whitehall St, 61 Whitehall St, Tottenham, London N17 8BP, UK

About the Event

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world's oldest independent think tank on international defence and security. Founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI has been providing forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters for almost two centuries.

At this event with the Young Diplomats Forum, RUSI staff including Tom Ascot, Digital Communications Officer and Adam Coffey, Visiting Fellow (British Army), will examine how think tanks have adapted to new technology and engage with younger audiences.

For more information about The Young Diplomats Forum, please click here.

Speaker Biographies:

Tom Ascott is the Digital Communications Officer at the Royal United Services Institute. He is in charge of coordinating all of RUSI's digital offering, including the website and the social media channels. He is oganising the RUSI modernisation by getting their content online and at a higher quality. He joined RUSI in November 2017. 

Tom did his undergraduate in Law at King's College London as well as his masters in Global Ethics and Human Values. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on Human Rights and his graduate thesis on the risks posed by Automated Weapons Systems. 

His professional background is in research, technology and analysis. His interests are technology, law and ethics, and autonomous military systems.

Adam Coffey is a British Army Officer and commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 2009.  Adam has deployed operationally to Afghanistan and Ukraine and has completed exercises across the globe.  Adam is currently the inaugural British Army Visiting Fellow at the Royal United Service Institution (RUSI).  Adam is researching emerging military technologies and writing about the Ukraine conflict, having recently returned from a 7 month deployment where he worked as part of the UK's building partner capacity mission and supporting the Ukrainian MOD reform plan.  Adam has been selected for promotion to Major and is due to attend the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) staff course in September 2018. 

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