PS21 Update: Week Ending Aug 7


We’ve been celebrating another milestone at PS21 this week with our first event hosted by the Cabinet Office in London on Tuesday, 4 August. Looking at the Middle East after the historic deal between the P5+1 great powers and Iran, the discussion panel included Ari Ratner, former State Department political appointee and PS21 board member, Lara Fatah, Iraqi Kurdistan-based former journalist and PS21 global fellow as well as David Hartwell, founder and managing editor of Middle East Insider. Chaired by Metsa Rahimi, regional head of intelligence within corporate security and business continuity at Deutsche Bank, it was an engaging discussion with some great insights on the impact of this deal. The transcript and a report for this event will be published shortly.

We also hosted a great event in DC on managing tensions in Asia.  As China becomes ever more assertive over its claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea and beyond, regional tensions have risen faster than ever before in recent history. We had a great panel of Washington-based experts to discuss how conflict can be avoided and where the risks really lie. Moderated by independent geopolitical analyst and PS21 global fellow Milena Rodban, the discussion panel included Harry Kazianis, executive editor of The National Interest and senior fellow for defense policy at the Center for the National Interest and Shannon Tiezzi, managing editor of The Diplomat, as well as Scott Cheney-Peters, chairman of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). The transcript and a PS21 Report for this will be published shortly as well.


We have some exciting events planned for London from this September. Topics include the dark web, managing humanitarian emergencies, markets and geopolitics, Afghan reconstruction and outside views of British defense.

Washington DC

We’re currently awaiting final confirmation of several exciting events later this month in DC. Topics include US-Israeli relations and the future or Iran, both tied to the nuclear deal last month.

This week at PS21: 

Tom Bruxner is a former member of the British Army and is currently a commercial project manager at Newton Investment Management. He is a global fellow with the Project for the Study of the 21st Century. Read his piece,  “Women in the Infantry? Good God!” – A Retiring Infantry Major’s Perspective for some great insight into one angle of the infantry.

We also published a Roundup of Our Top 5 Posts on Social Media. Social media networks have been around for a while, but it’s only in the last decade that they’ve evolved into a tool used by activists and extremist groups alike. Take a look at this for our best blog posts on the topic thus far.

Previous PS21 Reports:


29/07/2015      Kidnap & Ransom

28/07/2015      Social Media and Politics

27/07/2015      Rebuilding Afghanistan – America’s Longest War

01/07/2015      The Future of Drones

29/06/2015      Countering Violent Extremism 

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

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

30/07/2015      Russia’s Middle East Image Problem – David Hartwell  

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

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

21/07/2015      Listen to an interview with a Syrian political prisoner – Rasha Elass

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

16/07/2015      PS21 Global Fellow 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: what we can learn 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 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 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

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