Sensemaking, systemic competition, and the social compact

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The UK faces a growing range of complex transnational threats and is engaged in systemic competition with authoritarian states. This essay argues that the UK government’s response to these threats should make a virtue of the country’s values of openness and transparency. I argue that the UK government should support the development of sensemaking capabilities across society; that it should encourage the work of independent organisations that exploit the vulnerabilities inherent in authoritarian states; and that it should be more transparent about its own activities to preserve its social compact with the UK public.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFutures Student Essay Competition
PublisherUK Ministry of Defence
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2021

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