Upcoming Events and Review — Week Ending June 12

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Greetings All,

With an event in London on Wednesday, another in Washington last night, and with the announcement of our Governing Board and new fellows, we had a busy week at PS21. Go to projects21.com to a see full list of who’s joined us. The dynamic, diverse and remarkably widely experienced team of board members will no doubt help take PS21 to the next level. We are also very proud to welcome our four new global fellows, who all come with valuable experience and nuanced expertise in a variety of different fields.

See below for our upcoming events:


June 17, The Global Peace Index: drivers of peace and building resilience. 

Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman 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 YPFP, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, host a summer drinks evening. RSVP here.

July 6, Kidnap and Ransom. From Isis to Somali pirates, the last decade has seen an unprecedented level of interest in kidnap and ransom. PS21 brings together a uniquely qualified panel to look at the elite group of specialists who offer negotiation skills in this sphere and to consider what role governments should take when it comes to paying ransom to kidnappers. The discussion will be moderated by PS21 executive director Peter Apps, and the panel will include Nigel Inkster, former deputy-chief Secret Intelligence (MI6), Brittany Damora, Senior Operations Manager, Kidnap and Ransom, Aegis Response and Nigel Brennan, Photojournalist and author who was kidnapped in Somalia in 2008 and held hostage for 15 months. Click  here to RSVP for this event.

Washington DC

Last night, we held a great discussion on the future of drones. Moderated by Ryan Hagemann, Civil Liberties Policy Analyst at the Niskanen Center and adjunct fellow at TechFreedom, the panelists included Erik Lin-Greenberg, Former US Air Officer, PhD candidate Columbia University and Lisa Ellman, Counsel for McKenna & Aldridge LLP and former senior roles in the White House and Department of Justice. Watch our website for the key takeaways from this event. In the interim, to watch a video of this event, click  here.

We will be announcing some great events for July next week. Watch this space…

What PS21 was up to this week:

Our event in Nigeria on Wednesday, #BringBackOurGirls: Terror and Politics in Nigeria, was jam-packed and with a strong panel of speakers, turned out to be a very insightful discussion on the complexities of addressing Nigeria’s political hurdles both internally and for the wider international community. Chaired by Peter Apps, PS21 executive director, the panel of speakers included Chris Mackmurdo, former former Foreign Office head of terrorism and national security analysis, freelance journalist and PS21 Africa contributor Emmanuel Akinwotu, David Otto, Intelligence and counter terrorism solutions consultant and Sola Tayo, journalist and Chatham House associate fellow. To watch a live video of this event, click here. Transcript and key takeaways to follow soon.

Payam Ghaledar, US foreign policy expert and adjunct lecturer at the University of Duinsburg-Essen, as well as Contributing Analyst at Wikistrat gives  Iraq America’s best hope in the Middle East.Check out what else Payam has to say as he tweets  on  @PayamGhalehdar 

Last week, we held a fascinating discussion on defence of the realm in the 21st century with former UK Director Special Forces and Commander Field Army Lieutenant-General Sir Graeme Lamb. See the full report on the key takeaways from this event, looking at both the changing strategic environment and emerging challenges for militaries. You can find a video of the event   here or for the full transcript  here.

Elsewhere, our global fellows, international advisers and were similarly productive: 

Global Fellow Ali Wyne wrote in the Washington Post on The balance of power between the US and China

Hayat Alvi — a PS21 global fellow and professor at the US Naval War College — wrote on  Turkey in the Air and Space Power Journal.

On Citymetric, Jonn Elledge continued his quest for the perfect map of the London Underground and flagged up somefascinating maps of commuter routes.

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

June 2015

11/06/2015     PS21 Announces Governing Board

10/06/2015     Former UK Special Forces Chief on 21st Century Defence

09/06/2015     Why Iraq is America’s best hope – Payam Ghalehdar

05/06/2015     Upcoming Events and Weekly Review – Week Ending June 5

04/06/2015     Sisi’s foreign policy, restore Egypt as power – David Hartwell

03/06/2015     ‘New’ Terrorism – Dr. Chris Mackmurdo & Dr Alia Brahimi

01/06/2015     A South China Sea Air Defence Zone? – Erik Lin-Greenberg


May 2015

31/05/2015     The ISIS War: Where Are We? Key takeaways and Media

29/05/2015     PS21 Update: Week Ending May 29

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

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

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     Karachi: low-intensity attacks, 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     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 and Media 

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 with West – Philip Thicknesse

21/04/2015     A hashtag’s unintended consequences – 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 Alv

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

All the best,

The Team at PS21

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