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Leadership & National Security Seminar
Aspen Institute UK

Broderick McDonald will facilitate an Aspen Institute UK discussion with Darren Boyling, Senior Advisor at the FCDO's National Security Directorate. 


What are the implications of what governments say publicly and what happens behind the scenes? What is the UK’s relationship – and impact – in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, China, and NATO? What is the balance of power between public and private infrastructure? What is the effect of the press on foreign policy? How does AI play into all of this? How does good leadership affect foreign policy? These are just some of the areas that this discussion will explore. 

Leadership & National Security will be led by Darren Boyling, a Senior State Threats Adviser working for the Joint Funds Unit and is currently attached the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office’s National Security Directorate. Darren provides advice on programming and understanding state threats and is building the FCDO’s global state threats network. He was previously Head of Strategic Communications in the HMG Russia Unit in the FCDO. Over the past 20 years he has worked on various international development and national security issues including whilst posted in Ethiopia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Serbia. 


Broderick McDonald is an Associate Fellow at Kings College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford examining extremism, disinformation, and online harms. He previously served as a Special Advisor in Parliament and as a researcher with the Non-Partisan Parliamentary Group for Genocide Prevention. Prior to this, he was a Fellow with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Executive Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal. Broderick is an Associate Member of Chatham House, the Global Network on Extremism & Technology (GNET) and the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN), and the All Tech is Human Responsible AI Working Group. Brody was recently named as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and is a Fellow with the Aspen Institute UK. His research spans the ideological spectrum and he has conducted fieldwork across the Middle East and North Africa region. As Co-Founder of the Oxford Disinformation & Extremism Lab, he works on researcher safety training and monitoring emerging technologies including Generative Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, and Weaponised Drones.

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