PS21 Update: Week Ending September 25

PS21 held three successful events this week, one in DC and two in London. In DC,  Milena Rodban, Elbridge Colby, Schott Cheney-Peters and Rachel Rizzo discussed the risk of nuclear war, based on PS21’s landmark survey which will be published next month. In London on Monday we had a discussion on the Dark Web with John Bassett, Mike Gillespie, Tim Hardy and Metsa Rahimi, and yesterday, in a joint event with the UK Cabinet Office,
Katherine Dixon led a discussion with John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on transparency and accountability in Afghanistan.

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Upcoming events:

September 29: Strategic Defence and Security Review 

Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and Project for the Study of the 21st Century (PS21) for a discussion about the upcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). Our panelists will discuss the international implications of the SDSR, including the UK’s future in NATO.
Confirmed panelists include:
Moderator: Tom Bruxner, former British Army officer, PS21 Global Fellow
James Bergeron, Political Advisor to the Commander, Allied Maritime Command in Northwood.
John Bassett OBE, Associate Fellow for Cyber Security at RUSI.
Gwenn Laine, former French Navy Officer, now documentary filmmaker
Guests are required to wear a jacket and tie and ladies to conform to the same standard.
Washington DC 

September 29: Making it as a Woman in DC 

What does it take to make it in DC as a woman? As part of its “inside DC” series, PS21 pulls together a unique collection of women from both sides of the aisle to discuss what it’s really like.
Moderator: Negar Razavi, Anthropologist, PS21 global fellow
Rachel Hoff: Director of Defense Analysis at the American Action Forum
Sarah Arkin: Senior Policy Adviser to Congresswoman Debbie Wasseman Schultz
Rachel Rizzo: Program Assistant, Strategy Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center, Atlantic Council
This week on the blog
PS21 produced a report on Managing Tensions in Asia, with insights from Harry Kazianis, Scott Cheney-Peters and Shannon Tiezzi. PS21 Executive Director, Peter Apps, asked, When Vladimir Putin looks in a mirror, does he see Syria’s Assad? Finally, Katie Rashid argued that the EU’s response to the migration crisis is too little, too late.

In other news

PS21 Global Fellow Marina Pretoulis wrote a piece for The Guardian on her advice for Greece’s Syriza and Emmanuel Akinwotu had an article pubished in CityMetric on the traffic jams in Lagos which can last four hours. 

Previous PS21 Reports:
28/08/2015    Making it in DC and beyond 
29/07/2015    Kidnap & Ransom
28/07/2015    Social Media and Politics
01/07/2015    The Future of Drones
29/06/2015    Countering Violent Extremism 
Other Articles
August 2015

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