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 4, The 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.
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:
01/07/2015 The Future of Drones
29/06/2015 Countering Violent Extremism
31/05/2015 The ISIS War: Where Are We?
09/07/2015 Civil wars of regionalisation – David Murrin
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