November 29 – Ukraine War: Role of the International

Tuesday November 29th 6:30pm

As the war in Ukraine continues it calls into question the role of international actors. How much power do these actors have and what does that mean for this war? How will the future of foreign policy change based on these actions?


Brooks Newmark is a research associate and visiting academic at the University of Oxford, and a former politician who held a number of senior roles in the UK parliament over the course of a decade. In his political career and beyond, Brooks has campaigned to end the plight of homelessness and dedicated his career to building strong and healthy communities.

Aliona Hlivco is currently a political risk analyst and a contributor at Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme roundtables along with being a former MP in Ukraine.

Dr Ruth Deyermond is a Senior Lecturer in Post-Soviet Security at King’s College London. Her current research focuses on Russian foreign policy, particularly towards the post-Soviet space, and on the post-Cold war relationship between the USA and Russia.

Jonathan Boseley (moderator) has experience working in many successful media organisations running media networks while focusing on developing market leading content and narrative strategies. Currently, he is finishing his MA at KCL focused around Russian foreign policy, terrorism and national security.

King’s College London Strand, London WC2R 2LS

November 16 – Women in Space Policy

Wednesday, 16th November – 6 p.m

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)

In the 1950s, Russian space probes Sputnik started a space race that defined the coming decade. With NASA aiming for asteroids, the moon and beyond, billionaires and superpowers heading for Mars and a new generation of manned and unmanned space flight, what policies will it take for a country like Britain and city like London to thrive?


Theodora Ogden (moderator) is an analyst working in the area of defence, security and infrastructure at RAND Europe. Theodora holds a MSc in crisis & security management from Leiden University and a LLM. in human rights law from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also the 2022 Fellow at the Interplanetary Initiative at Arizona State University.

Dr Julia Muraszkiewicz is the Head of the Sociotech Insights Group at Trilateral Research and a Course Lead for Space Law at the University of Amsterdam. Julia holds a PhD in Law from The Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is a member of the Social Responsibility Alliance and is involved in two mentorship programs (the University of Warwick and the University of Amsterdam) where she motivates, supports and mentors students, including future female leaders.

Dr Jill Stuart is a Visiting Fellow at The London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. From 2013 to 2017 Dr Stuart was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy, where she remains a member of the Editorial Board. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research.

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June 29 – Ukraine War: Dangers, Duties, Debts – now with podcast recording

Wednesday 29th June – 6.30 p.m

King’s College London, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

PS21 and the King’s College Jurisprudence Society will welcome veteran foreign correspondent and Russia specialist Edward Lucas to discuss the current conflict in Ukraine and what it means for relations between Western states and the combatants as the war enters its fifth month.

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June 9 – Post-Pandemic Cities: Geopolitics, Cash and Culture – now with podcast recording

Thursday 9th June 5.30 p.m

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry 33 Queen Street Place, London, England, EC4R 1AP

PS21 and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry talk post-pandemic cities.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, Are cities getting their mojo back? Who are the winners and losers from shifting global geopolitics? What will be the emerging cultural, financial and power capitals of the 2020s, and where does London stand in all that mix.

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

Ana Bozovic: Founder, Analytics Miami. Real estate and geopolitics commentator. PS21 board member.

Jonathan Boseley: TV producer. PS21 board member.

Richard Burge: Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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May 12 – Freedom, Technology and Justice – now with podcast recording

The Project for Study of the Twenty-First Century and London Chamber of Commerce discuss tech firms, big data, law and human rights.

In a world where Elon Musk can buy Twitter, personal data is the new oil and social media the new battlefield, who is looking out for human rights? How have the technological advances of the century so far both empowered and constrained us as individuals, and what will the next decade bring?

As an international lawyer, author and speaker, Susie Alegre has worked on some of the most challenging legal and political issues of our time including human rights and security, combating corruption in the developing world, protecting human rights at borders, the human rights impact of climate change on small island states, privacy, cybersecurity, disinformation, data protection and neurotech. Her experience includes both judicial, and oversight roles in the UK and internationally.

Her book “Freedom to Think: The Long Struggle to Liberate our Minds” came out on 7 April 2022 with Atlantic Books and available to pre-order now via Waterstones, Amazon, Australia: Trade Paperback, and Hardback.

Also featuring:

Peter Apps(moderator) Global affairs commentator, Reuters. Founder and Director, PS21. British Army Reservist

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May 9 – The Future of Conflict – a one-day conference

10 a.m – 5 p.m – National Liberal Club

The Future of Conflict – a one-day conference brought to you by the Wavell Room, National Liberal Club and the Project for Study of the 21st Century

“The future character of conflict could result in the UK having less discretion than may be assumed… Once engaged, we may not always control the manner in which we fight.” – Defence Concepts and Doctrine Centre Strategic Trends Programme Future Operating Environment 2035, published August 2015

From the streets of Ukraine to the chaos of Kabul airport, the last year has been a savage reminder that 21st-century warfare retains the ability to surprise, shock and confound expectations. Join us to look behind the headlines and ask how changing technology, shifting geopolitics and an evolving relationship between militaries and societies are shaping modern conflict, and what that means for the humans in the middle.

Confirmed speakers include:

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

Sally Walker: Former Head of Cyber, GCHQ, and lead for National Cyber Force

Nigel Inkster: Former Assistant Chief, Director for Operations and Intelligence, UK Secret Intelligence Service

Louise JonesFormer Intelligence Corps officer

Douglas Ollivant: Former US Army Officer, US National Security Council Director for Iraq under Bush and Obama administrations (joining remotely)

James Athow-Frost: Major, Parachute Regiment. Editor, Wavell Room

Charlotte Robertson: Captain, Royal Signals

Abigail Watson: Conflict and Security Policy Coordinator, Saferworld

Lt Cmdr Nelson McMillan: Royal Navy reservist and consultant specialising in emerging technology

Elizabeth Faure: Director, London office, United Nations World Food Program

Nikolas GvosdevProfessor of National Security Studies, US Naval War College (joining remotely)

Col Rosie Stone

Noel Hadjimichael: Former Royal Australian Navy officer, now strategic consultant and head of the Defence and Security Network, National Liberal Club

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March 21 – “War in the 2020s”: What can we learn from Ukraine? – now with podcast recording

Monday 21st March 6.30 p.m – King’s College London

For their next “War in the 2020s” event, PS21 and KCL War Studies Society will examine the current situation in Ukraine.

The first months of 2022 have seen the spectre of modern war return to Europe in Ukraine, a potentially devastating mix of superpower tensions, heavy weaponry, cyber, hybrid and information warfare.

In the latest in our ‘War on the 2020s’ series, PS21’s panel will be looking at how we got here, what comes next and what lessons that might bring.

Panelists include:

Peter Apps (moderator) – Reuters columnist, PS21 founder.

Anastasia Soroka – Ukranian journalist, BBC

Rasmus Nilsson – Lecturer, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL

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March 8 – Leadership in the 2020s – now with podcast recording

March 8th, 5.30p.m – 8p.m

London Chamber Of Commerce and Industry 33 Queen Street Place, London, England, EC4R 1AP

As part of its ‘World in the 2020s’ series, PS21 and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry look at what it takes to be a leader.

On International Women’s Day, the Project for the Study of the 21st Century will use the latest in their ‘World in the 2020s’ series to examine what good leadership really looks like now. From combating burnout to building diversity and delivering effect, our panel will ask what is new and what is everlasting, sharing experiences from different worlds, and how we can all do better. 

Speakers will include:

Peter Apps (moderator) – global affairs commentator at Reuters news agency, founder of PS21 and a British Army Reservist.

Helen Gazzi – Former tech lawyer and life coach

Annick O’Brien – COO, CybSafe

Jonathan Boseley – TV producer and media executive

Eleanor Umeyor – Research Assistant, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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February 17 – Regional Security Threats – The South China Sea – now with podcast recording

Thursday 17th February 6 p.m


PS21 and the King’s College London Intelligence and Security Society explore the regional dangers of the South China Sea challenges.

This virtual event is the first of a series in partnership with the King’s College London Intelligence and Security Society.

With the rise of China and the importance of maritime trade, the South China Sea still remains one of the most contested and unresolved regions in the world. How will this region evolve in the future? Are there any viable solutions? Will China succeed in obtaining their goal of the Nine-Dash Line?


Alessio Patalano: Lecturer in East Asian Warfare and Maritime Strategy, King’s College London

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Febuary 10 – Covid, Climate and 2020s Geopolitics – now with podcast recording

Thursday, 10th February, 6pm

London Chamber Of Commerce and Industry33 Queen Street Place, London, England, EC4R 1AP

PS21 and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry talks 2020s geopolitics.

From the race for Covid-19 vaccines to the COP26 summit, great power geopolitics is increasingly shaping every aspect of our world today.

PS21 and the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be exploring the motivations of the key players, the way in which they interact and what that means for the coming era.


Christine Mikolajuk (moderator): board member, PS21

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

Professor Kerry Brown : Director of Lau China Institute, King’s College London

Abigail Watson: Conflict and Security Policy Coordinator, Safer World

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January 25 – ‘War in the 2020s’ – Managing Tech and People – now with podcast recording

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

Linda Slapakova Senior Analyst, RAND Europe

Charlotte Robertson  British Army Officer

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

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

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.

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