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) hosts a summer drinks evening. The event is currently fully booked. If you would still like to join us, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know if a space opens up.
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.
July 28, Event with Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer. We are excited to invite you to join us for a conversation with Ian Bremmer, president of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group and leading geopolitical thinker. His latest book Superpower examines the potential routes forward for the United States in a new and uncertain era. The event will be moderated by Ali Wyne, PS21 global fellow and member of the adjunct staff at the RAND Corporation. To book your spot, RSVP here.
What PS21 was up to this week:
If you missed it earlier this week, you definitely want to check out our report on the takeaways from our event What Would a Hillary Clinton Foreign Policy look like? The discussion was moderated by Ali Wyne, PS21 global fellow and member of the adjunct staff at RAND Corporation. The panelists included Ari Ratner, State Department political appointee 2009-2012 and fellow at New America, Warren Strobel, chief diplomatic correspondent for Reuters and Leigh O’Neill, policy director for the Truman National Security Project.
Patrick Bury, private security specialist since 2011, PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute and PS21 global fellow, questions the need for NATO while IS advances in Libya as political negotiations falter.
Sandy Schumann (PhD), PS21 global fellow, visiting post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict and an Affiliated Researcher at the Universite Libre Bruxelles, challenges some assumptions and highlights the power of online activism in her piece, It’s more than just a click! Why we should stop referring to online activism as slacktivism.
Peter Apps, executive director of PS21, had two pieces published this week, one on London’s cable car and the other on what a possible end to the IS war might look like. Read his piece on Ignore the critics. London’s cable car belongs on the tube map too on CityMetric.com and How will the war on Islamic State end? on Reuters.com.
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
17/04/2015PS21 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