May 12 – Freedom, Technology and Justice

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?

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

Listen here to the podcast of the event

March 8 – Leadership in the 2020s

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

Thursday 17th February 6 p.m

Online

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?

Speaker:

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

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.

Speakers:

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

Listen to the podcast of the event here

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

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 – now with podcast recording

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

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

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 – now with podcast recording

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.