PS21 Update: Week Ending May 29

As May draws to a close, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the month than with holding an event in the Big Apple. As we host our first event in New York today on Countering Violent Extremism,  it marks the expansion of PS21 into a third major city. Keep an eye on our website for the key takeaways from this event. We also have some incredible events lined up for June. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to look at our events email that went out earlier this week, see below for details, and links to RSVP.



June 1, London event on the  Defence of the realm in the 21st century: what does it mean? As the attention within Whitehall is turning to yet another Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), we’ll be hosting a conversation with Lieutenant-General Sir Graeme Lamb, former Director Special Forces and Commander Field Army. The discussion with be moderated by Peter Apps, Reuters global defence correspondent and executive director PS21

June 10, Beyond #bringbackourgirls: Terror and Politics in Nigeria. With former Foreign Office head of terrorism and national security analysis Chris Mackmurdo, journalist Emmanuel Akinwotu, David Otto, Intelligence and counter terrorism solutions consultant, and Sola Tayo, journalist and Chatham House associate fellow.

June 17, The Global Peace Index: drivers of peace and building resilience. Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chariman of the Institute for Economics and Peace and Member of the PS21 International Advisory Panel, will be launching the 2015 Global Peace index on Wednesday 17th June. Following this presentation, PS21 Executive Director Peter Apps will be chairing a discussion with Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, and Lieutenant-General Jonathon Peter Riley, CB, DSO. The panel will explore the practical applications of identifying the structural drivers of peace, emphasising the importance of strong institutions in building resilience. Click here to RSVP.

June 24 London Summer cocktail drinks. Enjoy a glass of wine and a breathtaking view of London as PS21 together with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) host a summer drinks evening.

Washington DC

June 4What would a Hillary Clinton foreign policy look like? Hillary Clinton currently the strongest Democrat contender for 2016, we look at what a foreign policy under her leadership would look like and what influence her years at the State Department may have on this. Moderator: Ali Wyne: PS21 Global Fellow, Member of the adjunct staff, RAND Corporation, Ari Ratner:  State Department political appointee 2009-2012, Fellow New America Warren Strobel: Chief diplomatic correspondent Reuters and Leigh O’Neill, Policy Director for the Truman National Security Project.
What’s new with PS21 this week:
David Murrin, author or Breaking the Code of History, chairman of Spartent Global Solutions and PS21 Global Fellow takes a look at What’s next for Britain?
City Metric published a piece by Emmanuel Akinwotu on how The busiest airport in Lagos is offering free WiFi. Sort of.
We had a great discussion in DC on Wednesday night on the current state of the war against ISIS chaired by PS21 global fellow Milena Rodban, with an outstanding panel including Douglas Ollivant, White House National Security Council, Iraq Director 2008-9 and Senior Fellow at New America, Rasha Elass, a PS21 Global Fellow and former reporter for Reuters, NPR and others for Damascus and  last but not least Ahmed Ali, Visiting Senior Fellow and Director of the Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor at the Education for Peace in Iraq Centre (EPIC). A full transcript and takeaways will be published shortly but you can watch the video of the entire event here.
For a comprehensive list of our previous postings, with links, refer below:

27/05/2015     What next for Britain? – David Murrin

27/05/2015     London June 10 Event: Terror and Politics in Nigeria

23/05/2015     Upcoming Events and PS21 Update Week ending 22 May

22/05/2015     London Summer Cocktail Drinks 24th June

22/05/2015     DC June 4 Event: A Hillary Clinton foreign policy

22/05/2015     London June 1 Event: Defence of the Realm, Lt-Gen Graeme Lamb

21/05/2015     London event takeaways: The UK election – what we’ve learned

19/05/2015     Italicum: Achieving governability and democracy? – Giulia Pastorella

18/ 05/2015    PS21 Update: Week ending 15 May

14/05/2015     African strategies key in addressing terrorism – Edward Wanyonyi

14/05/2015     DC May 27 Event: The ISIS war – where are we?

14/05/2015     New York May 29 Event: Countering Violent Extremism

14/05/2015     Karachi:low-intensity attacks increase risk to minorities- Omar Hamid

11/05/2015     PS21 Update: Week Ending 8th May

11/05/2015     SNP victories real seismic change in UK election – Peter Apps

08/05/2015     PS 21: The First 100 Days

06/05/2015     Event Takeaways: The Middle East in Flux

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 Friday 1st May

April 2015

30/04/2015     DC and London UK Election Discussions: Key Takeaways

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

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

28/04/2015     Dangerous Crossing: 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 – Philip Thicknesse

21/04/2015     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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