January 25 – ‘War in the 2020s’ – Managing Tech and People

Tuesday 25th January 6.30 p.m – King’s College London

From cyber warfare to drones, artificial intelligence to hybrid warfare, how well are modern militaries adapting to a fast changing world? How well do decision making processes work, and how will careers need to evolve? What does the experience of Afghanistan and Iraq, and now confrontation with Russia and China tell us what is needed next?

PS21 pulls together practitioners and experts for their latest monthly chat in conjunction with King’s College London War Studies Society .

Panelists include:

Peter Apps (moderator) – Reuters Global Affairs Commentator, Executive Director, PS21.

Louise Jones – Former Intelligence Corps Officer, British Army

James Black – Research Leader, RAND Europe

Charlotte Robertson  British Army Officer

Nelson McMillan – Former RN warfare officer, current reservist and tech consultant

Tickets available here

12 January – What to expect from 2022, with London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Wednesday 12 January 18:00-20:00

Online event

From Covid to international and UK politics, last year stayed unpredictable to the very end. What is 2022 likely to offer, what trends should we be watching and what does that tell us about this evolving decade?

Panelists include:

Peter Apps – Reuiters Global Affairs Commentator, Executive Director, PS21 (moderator).

Dr Maha Hosain Aziz – MA IR professor at NYU and Author of award-winning bestseller Future World Order (2020) and sequel Global Spring (2022).

Emma Burnell – Journalist, Consultant, Playwright.

Listen here to the podcast of the event

8 December – A World that Works for Everyone, with London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Wednesday December 8 18:30

PS21 and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry invite you to a Christmas drinks and discussion on making the world work better.
As the pandemic evolves and the world reopens, what kind of world should we be building that serves us all, particularly those groups that have been previously disadvantaged. We will be bringing together a panel with experience and expertise across business, politics, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, sexuality and more…

Peter Apps (Moderator): Executive Director, PS21 and Global Affairs Commentator, Reuters

Lara Fatah: Communications and Advocacy consultant

Emily Pomeroy-Smith: disability activist and political campaigner

Alina Meyer: gender, social inclusion and human rights specialist

Menelik Shillingford: Sector Manager, Black Business Association, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Listen to the podcast of the event here

23 November – War in the 2020s – Navigating Modern War

Tuesday 23 November 18:30

The Project for Study of the 21st Century and King’s College London War Studies Society are delighted to welcome you to the second of a series of events on “war in the 2020s”, examining the changing face of conflict.
Twenty-first century wars so far have been dusty, lethal and sometime secretive affairs. From the inital Western intervenetion in Afghanistan twenty years ago, to today’s deployments across the Middle East and Africa, relatively small numbers of troops operate sometimes well outside the headlines.
How should Britain and its allies tackle this ever evolving world of conflict, as well as the growing great power rivalry that often sits across and through it? How should they commicate and when?
This event will be recorded as part of a podcast series.


Peter Apps (Moderator): Executive Director, PS21 and Global Affairs Commentator, Reuters


Lt Gen Sir Graeme Lamb: Former Director Special Forces and Commander Field Army


Abigail Watson: Conflict and Security Policy Coordinator, Safer World

Listen to the podcast of the event here

3 November – ‘The World of the 2020s’ with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Wednesday 3 November 18:30

PS21 and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry are delighted to invite you to the first of our exciting series of monthly discussions.

London and the world are reopening after almost two years of pandemic. But what does this new era look like?

The Project for Study of the 21st Century (PS21) and London Chamber of Commerce and Industry are joining forces for a monthly series of topical discussions examining the issues of the era.

Drinks will be served and there will be networking before and after.

Speakers:

Peter Apps (moderator): Executive Director PS21, Global Affairs Commentator Reuters

Richard Burge: Chief Executive at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, former Chief Executive at Wilton Park, Chief Executive of of Countryside Alliance, Director General Zoological Society of London.

Christine Mikolajuk: financial services professional and Board member at PS21.

Dr David Rubens: Executive Director of Institute of Strategic Risk Management, CEO of Deltar Group

Listen to the podcast of the event here

26 October – War in the 2020s – From Afghanistan to a High Tech Future

Tuesday 26 October 18:30

PS21 is delighted to welcome you to its first-in-person event since March 2020, linking up with King’s College London War Studies Society.

The West’s two-decade war in Afghanistan came to an ignominious end over the Summer – but with the US and its allies betting that the next conflict may be very different, with technology and information key to victory.

The Project for Study of the 21st Century and King’s College London War Studies Society which are delighted to welcome you to another in its series of events on “war in the 2020s”, examining the changing face of conflict.

Peter Apps (Moderator): Executive Director, PS21 and Global Affairs Commentator, Reuters

Brig Ben Barry (retired): Land Warfare Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Victoria Mackarness: Director, CMS strategic, defense and security commentator.

Nelson Macmillan: former Royal Navy warfare officer, technology and strategy consultant.

Libby Vallance-Bull: Senior Account Director, Rebellion Defence.

Listen to the podcast of the event here.

5 October – War in the 2020s discussion with Elbridge Colby

Tuesday 5 October 19:00

Join PS21 and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, Elbridge Colby, to talk the coming face of war in the 2020s…

PS21 invites you to the second event in its exciting new series discussing ‘War in the 2020s’.

In the 2nd in our series on “War in the 2020s”, PS21 talks to Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development on 5 October at 7pm BST, putting him at the heart of the Trump administration as one of it’s leading strategic thinkers. The 2020s have seen a dramatic return to great power tension, and with it potentially conflict risk.

Elbridge Colby’s soon to be published book,The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, can be found on Amazon.

Speakers:

Peter Apps, Executive Director at PS21 and Reuters Global Affairs Commentator.

Edbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development.

Get your FREE ticket here.

7 September – War in the 2020s discussion with Admiral Gary Roughead

Tuesday 7 September 19:00

Join PS21 and former head of the US Navy, Admiral Gary Roughead to talk the coming face of war in the 2020s…

PS21 invites you to its exciting new series discussing ‘War in the 2020s’.

These virtual discussions which will also be recorded as podcasts. We will be talking recent developments in conflicts and geopolitics, and looking forward to the big issues and trends that will define the still new decade.

Our first guest has several decades of experience throughout his US Naval career in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. Admiral Gary Roughead gradulated from the US Naval Academy in 1973. In 2007, he became the 29th Chief of Naval operations and is one of two officers in the Navy’s history to have commanded both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets.

Listen to the podcast of the event here

27 July Joint Event with TEDXLondon

PS21 is delighted to partner with TedXLondon for the joint event below. TEDXLondon have kindly set aside tickets for PS21 supporters, and you can sign up on the link below.

On Tuesday 27th July 6:30-8:00pm they will be hosting their free monthly TED Circles session, coming together to share and discuss brilliant ideas worth spreading.

The theme of this month’s TED Circle is ‘Agree to disagree’. A topic that becomes increasingly important as we see growing polarisation in many societies, globally.

We’ll be exploring this theme through the lens of two great talks. Together we will discover whether we’re predisposed to developing political mindsets and how disagreeing productively and finding common ground can help us learn to overcome our natural tendencies to disagree.

We’ll also consider questions like:

  • Can political differences really be overcome?
  • How might disagreements fuel learning?
  • What can we do to better understand those whose perspectives differ from our own?

Please note that this is not a drop-in event – it starts at 6:30pm and finishes at 8:00pm, so if you join us after 6:30pm you may miss out on watching the first talk and discussion.

Tickets are free. Once you have registered, you will be sent the webinar link in your confirmation email.

Click here to sign up!

2nd June – Recalibrating external missions to the Sahel: NOW WITH PODCAST RECORDING

Wednesday 2nd June, 6:30PM BST

PS21 is excited to be partnering with Saferworld and the War Pod to bring you a regional focus event on ‘Recalibrating external missions to the Sahel: Is no intervention better than these interventions?’

Following the second coup in Mali in less than a year, the assassination of Chadian President Déby and an attempted coup in Niger, the situation in the Sahel region of West Africa has never been more tense. European, U.S. and French forces are intervening alongside the regional Joint Force and UN Peacekeeping mission MINUSMA (which hosts British troops) to tackle the security challenges in the region and defeat armed groups, but Sahelian security forces, often trained by intervening missions, are complicit in violence against civilians and the political elites do not appear willing to address abuses. 

Podcast recording here

Moderators

Abigail Watson – Conflict and Security Policy Coordinator at Saferworld.

Delina Goxho – independent security analyst and PhD candidate at Scuola Normale Superiore and Scuola Superiore San’Anna.

Speakers:

Ornella Moderan – head of Sahel Programme at the Institute for Security Studies in Bamako

Dr Nina Wilen – Africa Director at Egmont Institute in Brussels

 

Get your free ticket here.

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Book Launch – Remote Warfare: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Wednesday 26th May, 6:30PM BST

PS21 is delighted to be partnering with the WarPod to help launch: Remote Warfare: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
 

Modern warfare is becoming increasingly defined by distance. Instead of deploying large numbers of boots on the ground, many Western and non-Western states have limited themselves to supporting the frontline fighting of local and regional actors.

To counter non-state armed groups like Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and Islamic State, states have engaged mostly through the provision of intelligence, training, equipment, airpower and small deployments of specific forces.

This is remote warfare, the dominant method of military engagement employed by states in the twenty-first-century.

This event brings together experts to discuss what the remote warfare approach means for contemporary conflict, what its risks are and its future is.

Contributions will be based on E-IR published book ‘Remote Warfare Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ – which can be accessed and purchased here: https://www.e-ir.info/publication/remote-warfare-interdisciplinary-perspectives/

Moderators:

Abigail Watson – Conflict and Security Policy Coordinator, Saferworld

Delina Goxho – Independent security analyst and PhD candidate at Scuola Normale Superiore and Scuola Superiore San’Anna.

Speakers:

Camilla Molyneux – Research consultant and Policy Advisor at the AllParty Parliamentary Group on Drones. Previous Human Rights Officer at the Norwegian Embassy to Saudi Arabia.

Jennifer Gibson – Human Rights Lawyer and Head of Assassinations Project at Reprieve.

Bara’a Shiban – Middle East and North Africa Caseworker at Reprieve. Political consultant to the Yemeni Embassy in London

Lauren Gould – Assistant Professor in Conflict Studies at the Centre for Conflict Studies at the History of International Relations section of Utrecht University. Co-founder and the project leader of The Intimacies of Remote Warfare programme.

Jolle Demmers – Professor in Conflict Studies, co-founder of the Centre for Conflict Studies and the Director of the History of International Relations section of Utrecht University. Co-founder of The Intimacies of Remote Warfare programme.

 

Get your free ticket here.

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War in the 2020s – NOW WITH PODCAST RECORDING

Tuesday 25th May, 6:30PM BST

From vaccine nationalism, restlessness in the South China Sea, the effects of climate change and rising territorial disputes the 2020s look to be one of escalating tensions, join our panel as we discuss what conflicts will be the ones to define the coming decade?
 
Speakers:
 
Peter Apps (moderator) – Reuters global affairs commentator. Executive Director, PS21
 
Dr Ziya Meral – British and Turkish researcher. Senior Resident Fellow at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and Director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs.
 
Hayat Alvi – Ph.D. Associate Professor in National Security Affairs, US Naval War College
 
Charlotte Bratby – Army officer, Royal Signals. Outreach and engagement lead, Wavell Room
 

Missed the event?

Listen to the podcast recording of it here: https://anchor.fm/projects21

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