PS21 Update: Week Ending 17 April

Panorama of City of London during The Shard's opening laser show

We’ve had some great discussions and pieces this month, not least last week’s DC event with Harvard geopolitics legend Joseph Nye and RAND Corporation’s (and PS21 global fellow) Ali Wyne.

We had another great event yesterday in Washington with Omar Hamid and Negar Razavi, again both PS21 global fellows) on crime and counterterrorism in Karachi. Takeaways from the former are available below, the latter will be published next week.

Next week’s London joint discussion with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy on foreign perspectives on the UK General Election is already full, although you can email me to go on the waiting list. We still have space for the April 29 discussion on the Middle East however.

Here are our upcoming events:

April 29: London discussion on the future of the Middle East, with Alia Brahimi from Oxford University, former UK diplomat Joseph Walker-Cousins and Metsa Rahimi from Deutsche Bank 

April 29: DC event on the “UK Election, does it really matter?” with Former EU Official Sir Michael Leigh (chair), George Washington University’s Scheherazade Rehman, Peter Foster of The Daily Telegraph and Dan Roberts of The Guardian 

May 7: London Election Networking Drinks

May 18: London discussion on Social Media and British Politics, with Tim Hardy from Beyond Clicktivism, Sandy Schumann at Oxford University, and Jonn Elledge from New Statesman/Citimetric 

Here are the latest pieces posted on the PS21 website this week (or those of our partners):

­PS21 Africa Editor and Contributor Emmanuel Akinwotu writes for Reuters on the challenges for Nigeria after the election and a year on from the #bringbackourgirls campaign

PS21 Global Fellow Jennifer Abrahamson writes on the 10th anniversary of her friend Marla’s death and the ongoing challenge of keeping track of civilian casualties in conflict

PS21 Global Fellow, Tim Hardy writes on the ever more pervasive surveillance techniques and the chilling effect they have in human rights

PS21 Global Fellow Frank Spring writes on the rise and rise of national innovation foundations as part of a wider report with Steven Ezell and Katarzyna Bitka comparing them across several countries

And finally, we have the transcript, takeaways and video from the April 2 Joseph Nye event in Washington DC

Also good to see the Brookings Institution quoting and linking to our conflict death toll report in this posting earlier this month.


A comprehensive list of previous postings is listed below:

April 2015

10/04/2015         University attack brings stark lessons for Kenya- Edward Wanyonyi  

09/04/2015         Organising in the 21st Century: Linda Tirado 

05/04/2015         The Islamic State in Libya – Alia Brahimi 

04/04/2015         DC Event: Crime and Counterterrorism in Karachi

04/04/2015         London Event: The UK Election – an outsider’s perspective

02/04/2015         The 21st Century Clash of Christian and Islamic Cultures- David Murrin 

01/04/2015         Deepnet: is the “bad web” good or evil?: Michael Gillespie 

March 2015

30/03/2015         Walking the Tightrope: Turkey in the New Middle East – Enea Gjoza   

28/03/2015         Burying Richard III, England’s last post-apocalyptic warlord – Peter Apps 

28/03/2015         Yemen heads down Syria’s path – Hayat Alvi 

27/03/2015         How Boko Haram changed Nigerian Politics – Emmanuel Akinwotu

26/03/2015         Assessing the New US National Security Strategy- Ali Wyne

25/03/2015         PS21 at Two (Months) – Peter Apps 

23/03/2015         Breaking a decades-long trend, the world gets more violent

22/03/2015         The Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Arab Spring – Lara Fatah   

21/03/2015         Spike in Media Coverage of PS21 Study on Spike in Death Tolls

19/03/2015         Where the West went wrong in Libya – Joseph Walker-Cousins 

17/03/2015         PS21 Announces 10 New Global Fellows

17/03/2015         Death Toll in 2014’s Bloodiest Wars Sharply Up on Previous Year

17/03/2015         Conversation with Hussain Haqqani, Former Pakistani Ambassador to US

16/03/2015         To Defeat the Islamic State, look to the Bolsheviks – Jack Goldstone 

13/03/2015         Anonymous vs. ISIS: “Post-Government Organizations”- Ryan Hagemann 

11/03/2015         The New ‘Long War’ with Russia – Philip Thicknesse 

11/03/2015         Introducing PS21 World – Peter Apps 

08/03/2015         The cultural outpouring fuelled by Syrian war- Miriam Cooke

07/03/2015         DC Event Arab Spring@4: What Next? Key Takeaways/ Media

06/03/2015         For some young Syrians, war brings unexpected freedom – Rasha Elass 

04/03/2015         London Discussion on Mideast Social Media: Key takeaways/ media

03/03/2015         After Arab Spring, Challenges for Islamic NGOs – Amjad Saleem 

01/03/2015         London Discussion: South Asia Geopolitics from Afpak to Sri Lanka

01/03/2015         PS21 a Month In: Update from Executive Director Peter Apps

February 2015

27/02/2015         Iraq: The Unexpected Victim of the Arab Spring – John Drake 

26/02/2015         The Fight for Sexual Rights in Egypt – Dalia Abd El Hameed 

25/05/2015         Social Media in the Era of ISIS – Sultan al-Qassemi 

24/02/2015         The Arab Spring and the Limits of American Power – Ari Ratner 

24/02/2015         The Arab Spring@4: Introducing PS21 MIDEAST 

22/02/2015         London Discussion on Greece, Eurozone: Key Takeaways

12/02/2015           DC Revolutions Event: Key Takeaways/ Video

12/02/2015         PS21 Global Fellow Battles Ebola in Sierra Leone

01/02/2015         DC Superpower Discussion: Key Takeaways/ Video

January 2015

30/01/2015         London Cyber Discussion: Key Takeaways

27/01/2015         PS21 Announces First 50 Global Fellows, International Advisors

26/01/2015         Reuters Correspondent Peter Apps Joins PS21 as Executive Director

22/01/2015         Introducing PS21

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