One highlight among many this week was our conflict death tolls research being quoted in a press release about George Clooney’s new project. To read the article in the Guardian, go to George Clooney seeks to expose those who fund and profit from wars in Africa.
Other highlights included us hosting a truly incredible event with John F. Spoko, Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction, and Andy Wright, Founding Editor of Just Security, looking at transparency and accountability in the Afghan war and what it will take to rebuild the country. Moderated by Ian Wallace, Senior Fellow of the International Security Program at New America, this is a discussion worth watching. To see the live recording of this event, click here. We also received some unexpected coverage on this event, with the discussion being referenced by TRNS, the Talk Radio News Service as well as The Intercept. To read the coverage on this, click here and here. The transcript and PS21 Report on this will follow soon.
For more, see Rasha Elass’ interview with a Syrian political prisoner, the PS21 report on South Asia Geopolitics, what our global fellows got up to and our upcoming events below…
Our Upcoming Events for July:
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. This event is currently fully booked – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to go onto a waiting list.
August 4, 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. The panel will include Ari Ratner, former State Department political appointee and PS21 board member, and Lara Fatah, Iraqi Kurdistan-based former journalist and PS21 global fellow. Other panellists to be confirmed. This discussion will be chaired by Metsa Rahimi, regional head of intelligence within corporate security and business continuity at Deutsche Bank. This event is now being hosted by the UK Cabinet Office in White Hall and is fully booked.
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. This event is currently fully booked – please email email@example.com if you would like to go onto a waiting list.
Watch this space. More events to be announced soon.
–This week at PS21:
Amr Ismail, a writer specializing in international affairs and the Middle East, looks at the numerous reasons why he believes there’s no end in sight for the Yemen crisis and why, if no one in the Middle East with influence takes action, Yemen could become another Syria.
Earlier this year we held a discussion with three great experts on South Asia Geopolitics. Moderated by Peter Apps, the discussion included Amjad Saleem, Colombo based humanitarian and geopolitics consultant as well as PS21 global fellow, Omar Hamid, former Pakistani government official and head of Asia-Pacific risk at HIS and Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, senior fellow for South Asia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). For insights gained in this discussion, go to PS21 Report: South Asia Geopolitics from Afpak to Sri Lanka. For a full transcript, click here.
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. She recently spent hours interviewing a young man who recalls his few months in detention in 2012 after he and his friends organized a peaceful protest. Click here for more info or listen to this intimate interview.
Negar Razavi is an anthropologist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a global fellow at PS21. She tweets @razaraz. Read her insights on what Washington is missing in the Iran deal.
Milena Rodban is an independent Geopolitical Risk Consultant and a global fellow with PS21. She is currently writing a book and you can follow her on Twitter @MilenaRodban for insights on political risk and international relations. Read her fascinating opinion as to why rockstars need geopolitical risk consultants.
What else our PS21 global fellows got up to this week:
Quoting extracts from one of our events earlier this year with Lieutenant-General Sir Graeme Lamb, Patrick Bury, former Captain British Army Royal Irish Regiment. PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute, has written about the Strategic Defence and Security Review and three big ideas on the future of British defence. He will also be a panellist at our SDSR event next week. One not to be missed.
Jonn Elledge, editor of CityMetric and journalist at New Statesman looks at why a graph shows many Britains under 40 will probably never own their own homes.
Ali Wyne, PS21 global fellow and member of the adjunct staff at the RAND Corporation wrote a piece for the World Economic Forum on America’s multi-generational geopolitical balancing act.
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?
16/07/2015 PS21 Global Fellow wins US book prize
04/06/2015 Sisi’s foreign policy co – 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