PS21 Update – Week Ending June 19


Hope you all had a great week and no doubt looking forward to an even better weekend. As promised at the end of last week, we’ve got a few exciting new events lined up for July.
Our Upcoming Events:

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 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.

Washington DC 

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: 

Steve Killelea, founder and executive chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, and member of the PS21 International Advisory Group, presented some of the latest research on the global escalation of violence on Wednesday, June 17, followed by presentations by Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, and Lieutenant-General Jonathon Peter Riley, CB, DSO. Peter Apps, executive director of PS21, really engaged the audience as he chaired the discussion with a question and answer session. With some tough, emotional and impassioned questions from the audience, this was a truly great event. For the Global Peace Index Report click here

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 and How will the war on Islamic State end? on

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

June 2015

14/06/2015     Upcoming Events and Review – Week Ending June 12         

11/06/2015     PS21 Announces Governing Board

10/06/2015     PS21Report:Former UK Special Forces Chief on 21st Century Defence

09/06/2015  Iraq: America’s best hope in the Middle EastPayam Ghalehdar

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

04/06/2015     Sisi’s foreign policy, restore Egypt as regional 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 EuropeSandy 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 consequences in Nigeria- Emmanuel Akinwotu

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

17/04/2015PS21 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  

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

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 


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