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.
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:
11/06/2015 PS21 Announces Governing Board
29/05/2015 PS21 Update: Week Ending May 29
27/05/2015 What next for Britain? – David Murrin
18/ 05/2015 PS21 Update: Week ending 15 May
11/05/2015 PS21 Update: Week Ending 8th May
08/05/2015 PS 21: The First 100 Days
06/05/2015 Event Takeaways: The Middle East in Flux
02/05/2015 PS21 Update – Week Ending Friday 1st May
28/04/2015 A Migrant’s Short Story – Emmanuel Akintwu
24/04/2015 PS21 Update: Week Ending 24 April
17/04/2015 PS21 Update – Week Ending 17 April
09/04/2015 Organising in the 21st Century: Linda Tirado
05/04/2015 The Islamic State in Libya – Alia Brahimi
30/03/2015 Turkey in the New Middle East – Enea Gjoza
28/03/2015 Yemen heads down Syria’s path – Hayat Alvi
25/03/2015 PS21 at Two (Months) – Peter Apps
17/03/2015 PS21 Announces 10 New Global Fellows
13/03/2015 Anonymous vs. ISIS: Ryan Hagemann
11/03/2015 Introducing PS21 World – Peter Apps
All the best,
The Team at PS21