PS21 Update: Week Ending October 16


It’s two days until the launch of PS21 New York and with events lined up in DC and at the Cabinet Office in London, next week promises to be an exciting one for us. See below for an update on what we got up to this week, and more detail on what’s on the cards for next week… 

PS21 is currently seeking volunteers and interns to help support events and research in London, Washington DC and New York. Interested? E-mail

Want to write for PS21? E-mail the same address and we’ll forward to the editor Carrie Cuno. 
 Our Upcoming Events:


Only a handful of years ago, we thought oil at $100 a barrel might be with us for life. Now, with faltering Chinese demand and booming US production, it stands at less than half of that. Soft commodities and food have been on a similar roller coaster. With an expert panel, we look at where to from here. Chaired by Richard Mably Europe, the Middle East and Africa Editor for Reuters, the discussion will include the following panelists:
  John Kemp, senior market analyst for Reuters, Emily Stromquist, global energy and natural resources analyst for the Eurasia Group and David Murrin, PS21 Global Fellow, author of Breaking the Code of History and chairman at Spartent Global Solutions.  Join us at the Cabinet Office, 100 Parliament Street, SW1A 2BQ at 17:30


This event is fully booked. If you are interested in attending, email 


In a rapidly changing 21st century, where does Great Britain stand in the world? Do the Syria vote and EU referendum show a country drawing back within its borders? How is the UK perceived in Washington and elsewhere? And what, perhaps most important of all, do the British people really want? Launching the publication of its first electronic and print book: “Facing Facts – Is Britain’s Influence Diminishing?” by Daily Telegraph Europe editor Peter Foster. The discussion will be chaired by Tom Bruxner, former British Army officer and PS21 Global Fellow. Panelists will include Peter Foster, Europe editor, Daily Telegraph, Air Vice Marshal Michael Harwood rtd, Former RAF officer and defence attaché to Washington DC and Catherine Fieschi, chief founding director of Counterpoint, former head of Demos.


Join us at One Horse Guards Road, SW1A 2HQ at 17:30

To attend RSVP here


Washington DC 


Conflict and poverty – particularly in Syria – have left the European Union confronting its worst refugee crisis since World War II. With several nations re-imposing border controls and political strains growing, what is behind this year’s almost unprecedented events. Does the EU have the political capability to manage them? And what will happen next year if calmer seas in the Mediterranean and ongoing fighting in the Middle East producers even greater flows? Panelists for this discussion will include Sir Michael Leigh, former head of EU enlargement and deputy head of foreign relations, now senior adviser at the German Marshall Fund and member of the PS21 International Advisory Group, Jack Goldstone, professor of public policy, George Mason University, demographics and national security expert and member of the PS21 International Advisory Group and Rasha Elass, former Damascus-based journalist and PS21 global fellow.


Join us at Thomson Reuters, 1333 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PMTo attend, RSVP here.


New York


After launching successfully earlier this year in London and Washington DC, the Project for the Study of the 21st Century (PS21) is starting operations in New York. Join us to hear about the newest and most innovative addition to the think tank scene. Or just join us to drink our wine and meet other interesting people.

To attend  RSVP here.


October 21: Diversity beyond gender 


Women In International Security (WIIS) will host a discussion on “diversity beyond gender” in New York featuring PS21 executive director Peter Apps and PS21 global fellow Asha Castleberry. E-mail if you wish to attend.


At PS21 this week:




Last but not least, PS21 executive director Peter Apps’s latest Kindle Single was also published this week by Amazon:


November 1915: disgraced and stripped of high office, Winston Churchill heads to the trenches to fight.


A quarter of a century before his “finest hour” in World War II, Churchill faced a very different kind of crisis. Blamed for disaster at the Dardanelles, he volunteered for duty at the front. The first stand-alone account of those six months published since the 1920s, CHURCHILL IN THE TRENCHES reveals what happened next.


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
Other Articles
October 2015 
September 2015

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