Threats to national security are ever-changing. Countries and their citizens now face a myriad of diverse and complex threats, both endurable and terminal. These dangers range from economic recessions, environmental degradation and climate change, to pandemics, cyberwarfare, civil wars and political uprisings, as well as the emergence of sophisticated, well-funded terror groups and intrastate challenges to territorial boundaries.
Yet the current security discourse has brought into question the effectiveness of nation states to ensure greater security and stability for all. Some view them as perpetuating threats to individual security and liberty. Now more than ever, states must prove themselves adequate for the task of providing national security in a complex and hostile environment. Parliamentarians as the primary interface between a government and its citizens have a responsibility to defend the rights of the individual, balanced with the safety and security of the majority.
INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE
The International Parliamentary Conference on National Security, held in Westminster between the 27 - 31 March 2017, was designed to increase parliamentarians’ knowledge of and build capacity on national security through engaging interactive discussion sessions and networking opportunities with key stakeholders. The programme focused on a range of themes covering legislation, committee scrutiny, budgets, and engagement with civil society, international institutions and the private sector.
The Conference was part of a series of major international parliamentary conferences held annually by CPA UK to explore parliamentarians' role in economic and social development. Find more information on the conference series here.
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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CYBERSECURITY & CYBERCRIME PROJECT
The International Parliamentary Conference's Cybersecurity Day formed the concluding part of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Project. More information on the project outputs and outcomes, can be found here.