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, 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.This event is currently fully booked – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to go on a waiting list.
July 29, Beyond the SDSR. As Britain’s’ Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) gets underway, PS21 brings together a uniquely qualified panel to discuss the defence challenges facing the UK and how they might be addressed. How should the UK handle new challenges such as a resurgent Russia and the prospect of Scottish independence? What do British people really want? And regardless of the answer, is there any option other than doing less with less?
Chair: Peter Apps: Executive Director PS21. Speakers will include Patrick Bury, Former Captain British Army Royal Irish Regiment and PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute, Philip Thicknesse, Former head of Futures UK Defence Concepts and Doctrines Centre; Tom Bruxner, British Army officer, Defense Concepts and Doctrine Center, and Josh Arnold-Forster, Former Special Advisor to John Reid MP, Defence Secretary 2005-2006, now Strategic Advisor at Hanover. RSVP here.
July 14, Making it in DC and beyond. As the intern season in Washington reaches its height, PS21 will host a discussion on what it takes to make it in DC and foreign policy. The moderator will be Negar Razavi, social anthropologist and PS21 global fellow. Speakers will include Ali Wyne, member of the adjunct faculty, RAND Corporation and Kathryn Floyd, Professor of international relations, College of William & Mary. Additional panellists will be announced shortly. RSVP here.
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.
This week at PS21:
In the aftermath of the Charleston shooting, Donna Bryson discussed why the Confederate flag is a useful reminder that some causes deserve to be lost.
David Rubens explained why the western world should look to Lagos as a model for future megacities, in Chaos and Complexity: Lagos and lessons for megacity management
Peter Apps, Executive Director of PS21, looked at how the war against ISIS might end. He also had an article published in CityMetric: the most and least wheelchair-accessible cities: a quadriplegic’s guide.
31/05/2015 The ISIS War: Where are We?
11/06/2015 PS21 Announces Governing Board
27/05/2015 What next for Britain? – David Murrin
08/05/2015 PS 21: The First 100 Days
06/05/2015 Event Takeaways: The Middle East in Flux
28/04/2015 A Migrant’s Short Story – Emmanuel Akinwotu
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