PS21 Update: Week ending 15 May


It’s been another great week at PS21. After passing 100 days in operation, we continue to build and develop the Project, with interesting events and discussions, high quality blog articles on our website, and research projects underway.

We have some exciting events comng up over the next few weeks: 

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

May 27: DC event on The ISIS War- Where Are We? Former White House National Security Council Iraq Director Douglas Ollivant, former Damascus reporter and PS21 Global Fellow Rasha Elass and Ahmed Ali, Visiting Senior Fellow and Director of the Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor at the Education for Peace in Iraq Centre (EPIC) look at the current state of the war against ISIS and what, if anything, the West should be doing differently.

May 29: We are delighted to announce our first event in New York. In conjunction with New York University’s Just Security, PS21 will be hosting a Q&A discussion on Countering Violent Extremism with Richard Barrett, former head UN al-Qaeda/Taliban monitoring team and member of PS21 international advisory group, and Faiza Patel, founding editor of Just Security and member of the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries. The discussion will be moderated by Just Security’s Co-Editor-in-Chief, Ryan Goodman

RSVP is essential for all events, please follow the links to sign up.

This week at PS21:

On Wednesday May 13 PS21 hosted a fantastic discussion in London looking at what we learned from the UK General Election, and what to expect for British poitics over the coming years. Peter Apps moderated a discussion with Frank Spring, US political strategist, independent consultant for innovation, politics and security issues and PS21 Global Fellow, Michael Peacock, Europe Middle East and Africa Politics and Economics Editor, Thomson Reuters, Georgina Stubbs, Journalist, The Sun and Robert Colvile from Buzzfeed. Key Takeaways and media from this discussion will be up on the website next week.


Event Takeaways from our discussion on the Middle East in flux: Peter Apps moderated a conversation in London on 29 April with Metsa Rahimi, regional head of intelligence at Deutsche, Joe Walker-Cousins, former head of British Embassy in Benghazi, now with KRB, and Alia Brahimi from Oxford University.

Peter Apps wrote an article in response to the UK General Election outcome,

Scottish National Party victories real seismic change in UK election

In response to the most recent sectarian militant attack on a bus in Karachi on 13 May, Omar Hamid explained how these low intensity attacks increase risk to minority communities.

Edward Wanyonyi wrote an article on the need for African-owned and driven strategies for addression terrorism

Also, Emmanuel Akinwotu had an article published in Citimetric, asking could Uber be the thing that kills off Lagos’ half official bus network?

For a comprehensive list of our previous postings, with links, refer below:

May 2015

08/05/2015     PS21: The first 100 days 

06/05/2015     What now for Libya? – Patrick Bury 

04/05/2015     The rise of anti-immigrant movements in Europe – Sandy Schumann 

03/05/2015     What does this election tell us about modern Britain? – Peter Apps 

02/05/2015     PS21 Update: Week Ending 1st May

April 2015

30/04/2015     UK Election Discussions: Key Takeaways and Media 

29/04/2015     What Russia really thinks on Ukraine –  Vassily Kashin

28/04/2015     A Migrant’s Short Story –  Emmanuel Akinwotu

28/04/2015     Dangerous Crossing: Only seven EU patrol, two planes, one helicopter on watch for migrants in Mediterranean –  Peter Apps 

27/04/2015     Nigeria’s next challenge: its constitution –  Eric Mwiine-Magaju 

24/04/2015     PS21 Update: Week Ending 24 April

24/04/2015     Crime and Counterterrorism in Karachi: DC Event Key Takeaways

23/04/2015     High Spending Russia Closes Naval Gap with West – Philip Thicknesse

21/04/2015     A hashtag’s unintended consequences in Nigeria- Emmanuel Akinwotu

20/04/2015     Cyber Insurance – An Emerging Market – Tom Allen 

17/04/2015     PS21 Update – Week Ending 17 April

15/04/2015     DC event – A Conversation with Joseph Nye: Key Takeaways

13/04/2015     The rise of “National Innovation Foundations”- Frank Spring 

10/04/2015     University attack 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 Cultures- David Murrin 

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


March 2015

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

28/03/2015     Burying 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 Nigeria – 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, Pakistani Ambassador to US

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

13/03/2015     Anonymous vs. ISIS:  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 young Syrians, war brings unexpected freedom – Rasha Elass 

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

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

01/03/2015     London Discussion: South Asia Geopolitics 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     Peter Apps Joins PS21 as Executive Director

22/01/2015     Introducing PS21

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