PS21 update week ending September 2

Many things to Financial Times global affairs columnist Gideon Rachman for a truly excellent discussion at HM Treasury last week on risks to come in the rest of 2016 and beyond. Plenty of interesting thought material, from the way in which the British establishment largely missed the UK referendum result warning signs to the upcoming US election. Brings into context while the themes we have been looking at for much of the last 18 months – the growing disconnect between metropolitan elites [of which, admittedly, global affairs columnists like myself and Gideon are probably card-carrying members] and just about everybody else.

Just putting the finishing touches to the scenario for this Thursday’s evening event at King’s College London. In a new departure for us, where getting a top-flight panel – primarily former officials of various types – and confronting them with a fictitious but plausible real-world scenario.

In this case, it’s going to be a confrontation in the Baltic states. We have a fictional Baltic state, runaway drones and all manner of other interesting things to throw at them. Sign up below – it promises to be a truly interesting discussion.

PS. Now we are into September, I’m delighted to say we’re aiming to kick the PS21 website and editorial content back into gear. If you are interested in writing, please email and our team will get back to you.

Peter Apps

Executive Director


PS21 scenario event – confrontation in the Baltics

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 18:00 PM

WHERE: War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07 )King’s College London – Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.

As part of a new series of sceario-based events, PS21 looks at risks of escalation between NATO and Russia in the Baltic states. Also a chance to hear about PS21’s major international crisis scenario, GLOBAL TURMOIL, which will be running in 2017.

Our scenario begins in September 2016, with an armed Russian drone approaching our fictional Baltic state of Livonia…


Peter Apps (Moderator) – Managing Director of PS21 and Global Affairs Columnist, Thomson Reuters

Dr. Zachary Wolfraim – PhD King’s College London, former consultant, NATO Headquarters

Dr. Allan Sikk – Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Erik Lin-Greenberg – Former US Air Force Intelligence Officer, PhD Candidate Columbia University

Peter Roberts – Senior Research Fellow in Sea Power and Maritime Studies, RUSI

Brigadier Ben Barry – Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS

You can sign up here.


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Wednesday, September 14, six p.m., King’s College London

Details to follow shortly…


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Wednesday, September 21, six p.m., King’s College London

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