With Christmas and Thanksgiving (in the US, at least) now dominating diaries, PS21 is approaching the end of its momentous first year proper existence. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing some of our plans for the coming year. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far, from our speakers and panelists to our dedicated volunteers and of course all of you who have attended or otherwise taken part in our activities.
In London, last night saw a seriously excellent drinks reception in Canary Wharf — as always, an eclectic but fascinating group of people some of whom very kindly helped to clear up afterwards. We have another great discussion in Whitehall next week (see below) — largely booked up, but e-mail us if you want to go on the waiting list.
This week was obviously also dominated by tragic events in Paris — see below for some of the pieces published on the website analysing where things might go next.
As always, don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you want to get involved in any way. It’s been a fascinating journey so far.
From Russia’s war in Ukraine to the fight against Islamic State, talk of “shaping the narrative” has become ever more central to discussion of conflict. But what does that really mean? PS21 calls together a uniquely qualified panel to discuss this. Is it something separate to direct military action or something that happens alongside? How does the Internet and social media change how it works? Do Western states ever truly affect the popular narrative in regions such as the Middle East? And what historical lessons can we learn from recent and not so recent conflicts? The discussion will be moderated by Peter Apps, and the speakers will include Lieutenant-General Sir GraemeLamb retired, former UK Director Special Forces, former advisor to US commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan and member of the PS21 International Advisory Group, John Bassett, former head of GCHQ London and Washington stations and member of the PS21 International Advisory Group as well as Alia Brahimi, visiting fellow at Oxford University and PS21 global fellow.
Join us this coming Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 17:30 to 20:30