In the past five months, PS21 has held a number of substantial and thought-provoking discussions, published some excellent pieces of writing and analysis on our website, and released our own research on rising conflict trends. And we have even more planned for the second half of 2015.
Our Upcoming Events:
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. 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, we have an excellent 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 the 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. Panel includes Patrick Bury, Former Captain British Army Royal Irish Regiment. 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, 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. Moderated by Negar Razavi, social anthropologist and PS21 global fellow, the discussion will include the following panellists: Ali Wyne, member of the adjunct faculty, RAND Corporation and Kathryn Floyd, Professor of International Relations at the College of William & Mary. Additional panellists will be announced shortly. RSVP here.
July 21, Rebuilding Afghanistan: Transparency and Accountability in America’s Longest War. As the longest running and one of the most expensive wars in U.S. history winds down, PS21 asks: just where did the money go? We are delighted to present a discussion with the man looking into that very question, Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John F. Spoko. Also on the panel will be Andy Wright, Founding Editor of Just Security. 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:
On Monday, we published this report on countering violent extremismfrom our first event in New York in conjunction with New York University’s Just Security. The discussion featured Richard Barrett, former head UN Al-Qaeda/Taliban monitoring team and member of PS21 international advisory group, and Faiza Patel, founding editor of Just Security and member of the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries. The discussion was moderated by Just Security’s Co-Editor-in-Chief, Ryan Goodman.
moderated by Ryan Hagemann, Civil Liberties Policy Analyst at the Niskanen Center and adjunct fellow at TechFreedom. The panellists for this 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
Amitha Rajan, former Reuters journalist as well as contributor and volunteer at PS21, recently completed an MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Read her insightful piece on Narendra Modi’s Foreign Policy – The View from the West
Previous PS21 Reports:
31/05/2015 The ISIS War: Where Are We?
11/06/2015 PS21 Announces Governing Board
04/06/2015 Sisi’s foreign policy – David Hartwell
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 Akintwu
09/04/2015 Organising in the 21st Century- Linda Tirado
05/04/2015 The Islamic State in Libya- Alia Brahimi