PS21 Update: Week Ending August 28


We hope you have had a lovely week. We had another great week at PS21, with an event in DC on Tuesday. Negar Razavi, Ariane Tabatabai, Kelsey Davenport, Reza Akbari and Sam Cutler discussed What Next for Iran after the Nuclear Deal. If you were unable to attend, you can listen to a recording of the discussion here.

Upcoming events:

September 2: From China to Greece – When Markets Meet Geopolitics

From China’s stock market crash to battles over austerity in Europe, markets and politics are forever tied together. PS21 brings together a uniquely qualified panel to discuss the forces in play in financial markets this year from the Iran nuclear deal to the ongoing fallout from the global crisis.

Moderator: Richard Mably, Editor, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Reuters  

Tina Fordham, Managing Director, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citi

Holger Schmieding, Chief Economist, Berenberg

Emad Mostaque, Strategist, Ecstrat

Mike Dolan, Markets Editor, EMEA, Reuters


September 10: Lessons from Recent Humanitarian Disasters

From the earthquake in Nepal to the battle against Ebola, what lessons should the humanitarian sector take from recent distasters? In a joint event with the European Interagency Security Forum, PS21 pulls together a panel with experience from major relief agencies to smaller NGOs to look at lessons learned.

Moderator: Tom Beazley, PS21 Company Secretary

David Sanderson, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dan Cooke, Operations Director, Serve On

Other panelists to be confirmed


September 21: The Dark Web 

PS21 looks beyond the regular internet into the reaches of the ‘dark web’. What is in it, what are the risks, and is it ultimately a tool for good or evil?

Moderator: Metsa Rahimi, Regional head of intelligence, Deutsche Bank

John Bassett, former GCHQ official, now at Oxford University

Tim Hardy, technical writer, commentator and activist

Mike Gillespie, Director of cyber research and strategy, The Security Institute


This week on the blog:

Jack Goldstone looked at Two World-Changing Deals: Greece and Iran,David Murrin asked Is it Time for a Revolution in Healthcare? and we produced another PS21 Report: Making it in DC and Beyond.

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


August 2015

21/08/2015     On building a think tank – Peter Apps

20/08/2015     Why Congress Should Accept the Iran Deal –Asha Castleberry

19/08/2015     China’s Dream, Russia’s Ambitions – Jack Goldstone 

18/08/2015     China’s Middle East Policy Problem – David Hartwell 

12/08/2015     An industry fighting wars on two fronts – Milena Rodban

11/08/2015     PS21 Insight: Flaws in US-Turkey Plan to fight ISIS  

04/08/2015     “Women in the Infantry? Good God!” – Tom Bruxner


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 – 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

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