Free Online

Wed, 20 May 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

How to Manage a Global Crisis

Ilana Bet-El and General Sir Rupert Smith In Conversation with Matthew Stadlen




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Join two of the world’s pre-eminent experts in crisis management to find out what has gone wrong in the global response to COVID-19 – and how we can turn the ship around.

Crisis management has become a term bandied about in all disciplines, from the military and government to banking and communications. It is such a growth industry that the danger should have been of over management, not confusion.

Yet from authoritarian leaders such as Xi and Putin to the leaders of the west, politicians have fumbled, government officials have followed events rather than managing them, strategists have been confounded and communications have been awful, everywhere. Decision and direction are the core issues in managing a crisis, and they have not been very evident in this pandemic.

To understand what went wrong – and how governments and other organisations can better manage the next phase of the pandemic – How To Academy invites you to a free livestream with political strategist, former UN Peacekeeper and historian Dr Ilana Bet-El and author of The Utility of Force, General Sir Rupert Smith, whose forty year military career including command of the UN forces in Bosnia and service as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO.

Whether you’re a policy-maker or business leader, political consultant or concerned citizen, this masterclass in crisis management will offer analysis, insight and concrete proposals for resolving the profound challenges faced by the world in 2020.

This talk takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

About Our Digital Programme:

In response to the global pandemic, How To Academy is curating a not-for-profit programme of live-streamed talks and conversations bringing you advice, insight and entertainment. Tickets are offered on a Pay What You Can basis, including a Free option for those who cannot afford more at this difficult time. Thank you for your help sustaining How To Academy through the crisis — and for enabling us to share new thinking from across the globe at a time when it has never been more important.

Books will be shipped within two weeks of the event (hopefully sooner). Please note that due to the challenges of distribution during the global pandemic, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know. Thank you for supporting a local London business, Primrose Hill Books.


General Sir Rupert Smith

General Sir Rupert Smith KCB DSO OBE QGM is one of the most senior international practitioners in the use of force. >>

Ilana Bet-El

Ilana Bet-El is a historian and senior strategist, specializing in political risk and crisis management. A former Peacekeeper and senior policy adviser in the UN, she has twenty years’ experience in international consultancy. >>

Matthew Stadlen

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewStadlen. >>

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