PS21 Update: Week Ending 17 July


We’ve had an exciting week at PS21. We published two analysis pieces on the tough deal for Greece and a landmark deal with Iran, with contributions from various of our global fellows and members of our international advisory panel. We also had a great event in DC and to top it off, one of our global fellows, Donna Bryson, has won the coveted National Federation of Press Women Award for her book It’s a Black White Thing.

For our analysis on the deal with Iran, check out Iran deal implications go well beyond the nuclear with contributions from Nigel Inkster, former deputy chief of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), now head of transnational threats and political risk at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies and PS21 global fellow, Hayat Alvi, Professor of Middle East Studies at the US Naval War College and PS21 global fellow, Emad Mostaque, strategist, emerging markets consultancy Eclectic Strategy, as well as David Hartwell, former British Ministry of Defence official and current editor of Middle East Insider.

To read our analysis on the tough deal for Greece go to Eurozone clinches a deal, serious strains remain. This analysis includes contributions from Sir Michael Leigh, senior advisor to the German Marshall Fund of the United States and member of the PS21 international advisory panel, Giulia Pastorella, an Italian political economist and Ph.D. candidate at the London School of Economics as well as Peter Apps, executive director of the Project for Study of the 21st Century.

Our Upcoming Events for July and August:


July 29Beyond 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 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 Centre, and Josh Arnold-Forster, former Special Advisor to John Reid MP, Defence Secretary 2005-2006, currently strategic advisor at Hanover. To attend, RSVP here.

August 5The Middle East after the Iran Deal. After July’s historic nuclear deal between the P5+1 great powers and Iran, what is next for the volatile region? PS21 brings together an experienced and well-qualified panel to discuss, including Ari Ratner, former State Department political appointee, PS21 global fellow, Lara Fatah, Iraqi Kurdistan-based former journalist. Other panelists to be confirmed. To attend, RSVP here 

Washington DC

July 21Rebuilding Afghanistan: Transparency and Accountability in America’s Longest WarAs 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 28Event with Eurasia Group President Ian BremmerWe 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:

Rasha Elass is a journalist and global fellow at PS21. She has spent the past two years covering the uprising-turned-civil-war from inside Syria and now divides her time between Washington DC and Beirut. Following the controversial Iran deal, Rasha looks at A roadmap for the Middle East after Iran nuclear deal. Follow her on Twitter: @RashaElass

With the peak of the intern season in Washington DC, we had a great event on Tuesday night looking at what it takes to make it in DC and beyond. The discussion was moderated by Negar Razavi, Social Anthropologist and PS21 global fellow and the panel of speakers included Ali Wyne, member of the adjunct faculty, RAND Corporation and Kathryn Floyd, Professor of International Relations at the College of William & Mary, Darya Pilram, field anthropologist/social scientist with the US Military and current lecturer at University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, Fort Leavenworth, as well as Sarah Arkin, senior policy adviser to Congresswoman Debbie Wasseman Schultz. To watch the live recording of this event click here. A transcript and PS21 Report on this event to follow shortly.

Previous PS21 Reports:

01/07/2015      The Future of Drones

29/06/2015      Countering Violent Extremism 

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 Bloodiest Wars Sharply Up on Previous Year


Other Articles 

July 2015

09/07/2015      Civil wars of regionalisation: learning from ISIL – David Murrin

08/07/2015      PS21 Insight: What the SCOTUS Jerusalem passport decision means

06/07/2015      A false start for Nigeria’s president?Emmanuel Akinwotu

05/07/2015      PS21 Insight: With Greek vote, euro reaches crunch poin

June 2015

29/06/2015      Narendra Modi’s Foreign Policy – The West’s View – Amitha Rajan

24/06/2015      The Confederate flag is a useful reminder – Donna Bryson

23/06/2015      Chaos and Complexity: megacity management – David Rubens

22/06/2015      How will the war against the Islamic State End? – Peter Apps

15/06/2015      Not just a click! Online activism not slacktivism – Sandy Schumann

15/06/2015      IS advances in Libya : NATO again?Patrick Bury

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

04/06/2015      Sisi’s foreign policy co – David Hartwell

03/06/2015      ‘New’ TerrorismDr. Chris Mackmurdo & Dr Alia Brahimi

01/06/2015      A South China Sea Air Defence Zone?Erik Lin-Greenberg 

May 2015

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 – EdwardWanyonyi

14/05/2015      DC May 27 Event: The ISIS war – where are we?

14/05/2015      Karachi: low-intensity attacks increase minority risk – Omar Hamid

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