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 Cyber attacks have posed a growing challenge to national security for countries everywhere, with a constant barrage of virtual offensives by actors ranging from states to hacker groups to individuals.

This is forcing countries to respond proactively and develop ways to address new, unprecedented tactics that are evolving by the day with technology.

Cybersecurity is one of the issues being highlighted at the World Emerging Security Forum 2022 organised by South Korea’s foreign ministry this week.

Our guest today is Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of Israel, who published a new book, “Searching for Peace: A Memoir of Israel” this year. He’s currently in Seoul to attend the forum and joins us virtually.

1. You’re taking part in the World Emerging Security Forum 2022 this week. First, how have you been enjoying your time in Seoul?

2. Before we get to the forum here in Seoul,… Back in Israel, the weakened coalition government said it plans to dissolve parliament and call new elections. This has led to the question of whether former PM Benjamin Netanyahu will be seeking a return to power, or whether this will bring about prolonged uncertainty. What’s your outlook on is?

3. The two-day WESF was held offline for the first time since the pandemic. How have the last two years changed the concept of security, and how has South Korea’s position also changed when it comes to these global discussions?

What have been some key takeaways from the forum for you so far?

South Korea and Israel are both geographically compromised, with limited natural resources, and facing security threats from their closest neighbours, and rely on the U.S. for security. How can South Korea and Israel cooperate to increase their capability in deterring both conventional threats and new security threats?

We saw a growing number of cyber attacks and security threats emerge over the past few years from hacking administrative systems to downing electronic systems. In 2016, NATO officially recognized cyberspace as a field of military operations alongside the more traditional domains of land, sea and air, but are national governments and militaries really adapting quickly enough to the changes?

What are key technologies that need to be prioritised for national security?

Crisis can bring opportunity. Israel is known for its vibrant innovation eco-system. In what ways can governments work with the private sector to spark innovation and start-ups?

As a tech powerhouse with the world’s No. 1 memory chip business, how do you see the potential of South Korea contributing to cyber security, in particular?

How should South Korea defend itself against North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats?

As new technologies enable new security threats to develop with lightning speed, governments are often forced to respond, rather than prevent attacks and incursions. Where do you see the biggest threats emerging next, and how can governments stay one step ahead and prevent large-scale offensives?

Ehud Olmert, former prime minister of Israel, who published a new book, “Searching for Peace: A Memoir of Israel”.

Thank you for your time today.