PS21 Update: Week Ending 31 July

Ian Bremmer discusses the future of American foreign relations at a PS21 discussion last week.
Ian Bremmer discusses the future of American foreign relations at a PS21 discussion last week.

We held two excellent events this week in DC and London. On Tuesday in DC, Ali Wyne chaired a discussion with Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer. A video of the discussion can be found here.The following evening in London, Peter Apps moderated a discussion looking at the SDSR and beyond with Tom Bruxner, Philip Thicknesse, Patrick Bury and Josh Arnold-Foster. That discussion can be watched here. We also produced three separate reports based on previous events this week. Details of each can be found below.

Our Upcoming Events for July:


August 4The Middle East after the Iran Deal. After July’s historic nuclear deal between the P5+1 great powers and Iran, what’s 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, PS21 board member, Lara Fatah, Iraqi Kurdistan-based former journalist and PS21 global fellow and David Hartwell, founder and managing editor of Middle East Insider.  This discussion will be chaired by Metsa Rahimi, regional head of intelligence within corporate security and business continuity at Deutsche Bank. This event is being hosted by the UK Cabinet Office in Westminster and is fully booked. 



Washington DC

August 6, Managing Tensions in Asia. As China becomes ever more asserive over its claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea and beyond, regional tensions are rising faster than ever before in recent history. PS21 brings together a great panel of Washington-based experts to discuss how conflict can be avoided and where the risks really lie. The panel includes Ali Wyne, member of the adjunct staff at RAND and PS21 globa fellow, Harry Kazianis, executive editor of The National Interest and senior fellow for defense policy at the Center for the National Interest, and Scott Cheney-Peters, chairman of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). Independent geopolitical analyst and PS21 global fellow Milena Rodban will be moderating the discussion. Sign up here.

Watch this space. More events to be announced soon.


This week at PS21:


David Hartwell discusses Russia’s Middle East Image Problem. As Moscow attempts to re-engage diplomatically in the Middle East, historical mistrust and Russia’s continued support for Iran are barriers to new relationships especially with Saudi Arabia.

After an excellent event earlier this month PS21 produced a report on Kidnap and Ransom. Insights from Nigel Inkster from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), former deputy-chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Brittany Damora, senior operations manager for kidnap and ransom at Aegis Response and Nigel Brennan, a photojournalist and author who was kidnapped in Somalis in 2008, now also at Aegis Response.

A second report looking at Social Media and Politics includes great commentary from City Metric’s Jonn Elledge, Sandy Schumann from Oxford University andTim Hardy, technical writier, activist and founder of beyondclicktivism.

Finally, we produced a quick report after last week’s DC event with John F. Sopko, US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Andy Wright, founding editor of Just Security and Ian Wallace, senior fellow of the International Security Program at New America. Read our report here:


Other articles this week:

PS21 executive director Peter Apps had two articles published this week. One on CityMetric asked How did London become ground zero for the global plutocracy?

Another article published on Reuters today looked at the United States’ faltering influence in Asia.


Previous PS21 Reports:


21/07/2015     South Asia Geopolitics from Afpak to Sri Lanka 

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

24/07/2015     Why rockstars need geopolitical risk consultants – Milena Rodban

23/07/2015      Why there’s no end in sight for the Yemen crisis – Amr Ismail

20/07/2015      What Washington is missing in the Iran deal – Negar Razavi  

16/07/2015      PS21 Global Fellow, Donna Bryson, wins US book prize

15/07/2015      A roadmap for the Middle East after Iran nuclear deal – Rasha Elass

14/07/2015      PS21 Insight: Iran deal implications go well beyond the nuclear

13/07/2015      PS21 Insight: Eurozone clinches deal, serious strains remain

09/07/2015      Civil wars of regionalisation – 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 point


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 – 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 – Edward Wanyonyi

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

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      The Rise of Anti-Immigrant Movements in EuropeSandy Schumann

03/05/2015      What does this election tell us about modern Britain? – Peter Apps

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