PS21 Update: Week Ending October 23

Panel discussion: "When markets meet geopolitics'. London, September 2
PS21 panel discussion: “When markets meet geopolitics’. London, September 2

We are proud to announce that PS21 New York officially kicked off this week with a great drinks evening, which is going to be followed up this coming Monday by our first panel discussion on The ISIS War. See below for more details on this event and what else we got up to this 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:
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. Panellists 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.
From the SNP landslide to the rise of Jeremy Corbyn – and, of course, #piggate – 2015 has been a seismic and unexpectedly entertaining year in British politics. What could possibly come next? At the very least, the EU referendum should keep things interesting. The discussion will be chaired by Jennifer Brindisi, political consultant and London Executive Director of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. The panellists will include Jonn Elledge, editor of CityMetric and journalist at New Statesman, Robert Colvile, freelance writer and commentator and author of ‘The Great Acceleration’ (2016) as well as Sophie Gaston, press and communications officer, Demos
Join us at 2901 Landmark West Tower, 22 Marsh Wall, E14 9AL for drinks from18:00 with the discussion from 18:30.

RSVP here.

Washington DC 

November 3: House of Cards to Game of Thrones: What TV can teach Politics
Discussing what the House of Cards and Games of Thrones can teach politics. Is there a difference between European and US portrayals of politics? How do power structures operate in Brussels and DC? Can we compare political struggles and dynamics? This EU Rendez-Vous will be everything but business as usual. A panel discussion will be moderated by Adam Kushner, Outlook editor, The Washington Post, and will feature the following panellists: James Barbour, spokesperson of the European Union Delegation to the U.S., Ari Ratner, CEO of Inside Revolution, PS21 governing board member and former State Department political appointee 2009-12 and Alyssa Rosenberg, culture columnist, The Washington Post. Follow us on @EUintheUS and @PS21_central.

Join us at the EU Delegation to the U.S., 2175 K Street, Washington DC, 20037 (entrance on 22nd Street).

RSVP here.

New York
October 26The ISIS War
With Russia now intervening in Syria, where is the US-led war against Islamic State going? Has the movement itself supplanted Al Qaeda as the primary militant threat to the United States? And will the US ever be able to extricate itself from Iraq, a country its forces will next year have been fighting in for 13 years? The discussion will be moderated by Peter Apps. The panel will include Asha Castleberry, PS21 global fellow and former U.S. Army officer serving in the anti-ISIS campaign headquarters in Baghdad during 2014, Nelly Lahoud, senior associate at the Counter-Terrorism Center, United States  Military Academy,  West Point and Ned Parker, former Baghdad bureau chief, Reuters
Join us at Thomson Reuters – 3 Times Square New York, NY 10036 at 18:00.
This event is fully booked. If you would like to attend, please email
At PS21 this week:

We had a thought-provoking event in London at the Cabinet Office on energy, commodities and geopolitics. Chaired by Richard Mably and with an expert panel including John Kemp, Emily Stromquist and David Murrin, this was a truly dynamic and insightful discussion. Keep an eye out for our report on the key takeaways from this event. We also had a great event in DC on Europe’s migration crisis with Sir Michael Leigh, Jack Goldstone and Rasha Elass. Click here to view the live recording of this event.

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 

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