Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

BrownThink – The Future of Security

Saturday, February 11, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

What does security mean in the digital age? How do countries stay secure? How does security impact diplomacy and international relations? 

Come out on Saturday February 11th to hear from our wonderful guest speakers at the Joukowsky Forum in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs!

Ambassador Richard Boucher is a senior US diplomat turned teacher. Over a thirty year career he reached the highest rank in the foreign service: Career Ambassador. His early assignments were in China, and later in Hong Kong during the transition from British to Chinese sovereignty. Much of his career was spent as Spokesman for six Secretaries of State. Later, he took on responsibility for Afghanistan and Pakistan as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. Based on his experience as an economic officer, Ambassador, Spokesman and senior State Department official, he teaches policy making from all angles. His four years as Deputy Secretary General of the OECD, 2009-2013, gave him a firm basis for integrating economic developments into his courses.

Since 1998, First Secretary for Cyber Policy at the British Embassy in Washington John Nicholson has worked for the UK government in a number of policy and operational posts, largely on counter-terrorism and cyber issues. Most recently, he was in the Cabinet Office as an intelligence policy adviser, and as part of a legislative team, working with the UK Parliament. He is currently First Secretary, Cyber Policy in the British Embassy in Washington DC. He is the lead on a number of areas of cyber policy, working closely with UK and US government and private sector partners.