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.
17/06/2015 What Would a Hillary Clinton Foreign Policy Look Like?
10/06/2015 Former UK Special Forces Chief on 21st Century Defence
31/05/2015 The ISIS War: Where are We?
17/03/2015 Death Toll in 2014’s Bloodist Wars Sharply up on Previous Year
15/06/2015 It’s more thank just a click! – Sandy Schumann
14/06/2015 IS advances in Libya: Time for NATO again – Patrick Bury
11/06/2015 PS21 Announces Governing Board
09/06/2015 Iraq America’s best hope in the Middle East – Payam Ghalehdar
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
27/05/2015 What next for Britain? – David Murrin
21/05/2015 London event takeaways: The UK election – what we’ve learned
19/05/2015 Italicum: Achieving governability and democracy – Giulia Pastorella
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 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
30/04/2015 DC and London UK Election Discussions: Key Takeaways
29/04/2015 What Russia really thinks on Ukraine – Vassily Kashin
28/04/2015 A Migrant’s Short Story – Emmanuel Akinwotu
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 Crime and Counterterrorism in Karachi: DC Event Key Takeaways
23/04/2015 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
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
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 Alvi
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
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