PS21 update week ending Jan 22

12540782_10208853187435274_5770576819734796189_nGreetings from a chilly New York, with the US East Coast bracing for what will supposedly be one of the most memorable winter storms in recent history. We’re off to a great start for 2016 for PS21, even if the weather — as well as a potential of London underground strike -have made planning problem more difficult than we would have ideally liked.

On that note, please be aware that we have moved to the London networking drinks that were scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th to the following day — Thursday, January 28. This will take place at the bar at Waterstone’s bookshop in Piccadilly. You can find further details and sign up here.

As you can see from below, we have some great events coming up in the London and New York. Washington DC events will resume in February. As always, we are very much in the market for new volunteers in all three cities. E-mail for further details.

What we’ve been up to

Thanks to our exceptional new editor Tatianna Duran, our Imagining 2030 series is off to a flying start. This week, Phillip Thicknesse sketches out a dog future in which  ongoing militant attacks in Europe prompt a brutal series of deportations. Back in the present day, meanwhile, Caitlin Vito writes on the plight of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.

In the outside world, PS21 global fellow Robert Colville pondered in Politico where UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn might stand on Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Upcoming  events


Thursday, January 28 — London networking drinks

Waterstone’s bookshop, fifth floor cocktail bar, 203-205 Piccadilly, W1J9HA

From 5:30 PM. Sign up here.

Also, save the dates for the following

Monday, February 15– Front-line civilians — challenges, opportunities and threats

A discussion examining the experiences, challenges and roles of front-line expatriate civilian staff — from military contractors to aid workers, journal in modern conflicts.  — who find themselves increasingly on the frontline involved in conflicts. Panelists will include PS21 global fellow Darya Pilram, an anthropologist with considerable experience working with US and British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as representatives of the humanitarian, media and other sectors. Further details including how to sign up to follow next week.

Monday, February 22 — Predicting the US Election

In conjunction with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, PS21 looks ahead to this year’s presidential election. Panelists to include US-based pollster Julia Clark from Ipsos Mori as well as Andrew Moran, US politics expert from London Metropolitan University. Further details to follow.


Monday, February 8 — Polling the Presidential Election

As the US primary season hots up, PS21 looks ahead to what we we know about the final contest itself. Panelists to include Clifford Young from Ipsos Mori. PS21 executive director Peter Apps to moderate. This event will start at 6 PM and take place in the Thomson Reuters offices at 3 Times Square, 10036. Sign-up details to follow next week.


Washington DC events will resume in February. Want to be involved? Email

Check out the new PS21 promotional video here


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