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 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 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 5, The 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.
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:
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
31/05/2015 The ISIS War: Where Are We?
04/06/2015 Sisi’s foreign policy co – David Hartwell
27/05/2015 What next for Britain? – David Murrin