PS21 update week ending July 15

Great PS21 discussion on Tuesday this week on the world after the referendum. Since then, of course, we’ve had both a new Prime Minister and, slightly more controversially, a new Foreign Secretary. It will be fascinating to see where things go from here.

Three columns of mine on Reuters.com in the last 10 days also looking at the rapidly changing world. The first looks at the rise of May and ponders how, if Hillary Clinton also wins in November, three of the world’s largest six economies will likely be led by women by the middle of January next year. But these are, of course, interesting times – the other two pieces look at the rising risk of conflict firstly in Europe and then also in Southeast Asia.

These are, as we say, interesting times. On the PS 21 website, meanwhile, William Farmer ponders the growing relationship between India and Africa.

All best and as always, many thanks for being part of this fascinating journey.

Peter Apps

Global affairs columnist, Reuters

Executive director, PS21

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LONDON

We regret that the discussion on NATO/the defense of Europe scheduled for Thursday, July 21 has been postponed. We will let you know a new date in due course.

 

PS21 Summer Networking Drinks

Wednesday, July 27, six p.m. Neo Bankside, Southwark, SE1

As Britain reaches the end [hopefully?] of a fascinating and seismic political season, join PS21 for drinks and conversation as we ponder what on earth the rest of the year might have in store.

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WASHINGTON DC

Russia and Europe

Tuesday, July 19, three p.m. Thomson Reuters, 1333, H Street Northwest, Washington DC

PS21 global fellow Ali Wyne talks to Fiona Hill, former US National Intelligence Officer for Russia and now head of the Europe program at the Brookings Institution. Where will Europe go in the aftermath of the UK referendum, what is motivating Vladimir Putin and how can the US influence events in a continent that has previously given the world some of the worst conflicts in human history.

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PS21 update week ending July 1

The increasingly brutal fallout of the Brexit vote continues, but we are moving towards some degree of clarity on who is going to wind up running the country, at least in the short term – probably, anyhow. At the beginning of last week, I wrote a piece for Reuters suggesting we might end up in months if not years of messy hiatus while the government decides whether or not trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

I think that’s slightly less likely now – Home Secretary Theresa  May, now the front runner for the Conservative leadership, looks rather more like she has decided to take that step, although there is little clarity on timescale. Still a lot uncertain, however – and last night’s PS21 discussion on British politics after the vote really showcased that. A really great panel and some really great discussions.

As you can see below, we have some further great events coming up. Look forward to seeing you there…

Peter Apps

Global affairs columnist, Reuters

Executive director, PS21

UPCOMING EVENTS

LONDON

Britain in the world after Brexit

Tuesday, July 12 2016, six p.m., King’s College London

After the referendum, where does the United Kingdom go next? PS21 pulls together a panel to discuss the future of Britain and the world as it begins – probably, or at least  possibly – the process of extricating himself from the European Union. Is that iit for British power and influence? What is the future of UK relations with Europe outside the EU? Can it rebuild and grow other alliances? And what, if any,  might its approach to the outside world now be?

Peter Apps [moderator] – Global Affairs Columnist, Thomson Reuters. Executive Director, PS21

Lt Gen Sir Graeme Lamb –  Former  Director, UK Special Forces

Catherine Fieschi – Director, Counterpoint

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WASHINGTON DC

Assertive Russia, Unstable Europe?

Tuesday, July 19, 6 p.m., Thomson Reuters

PS21 global fellow Ali Wyne interviews former US national intelligence officer for Russia Fiona Hill, now head of the Europe program at Brookings, on an increasingly unpredictable continent and the inner workings of the Kremlin.

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Further London events

Save the date

The defense of Europe after Warsaw, Brexit

Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m., King’s College London

In the aftermath of the UK referendum and Warsaw NATO summit, PS21 looks at ongoing tensions with Russia and the defense of Europe. Moderated by Reuters global defense correspondent  Peter Apps  with speakers including former NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Lt Gen Sir Richard Shirreff

London networking drinks

Wednesday, July 27, 7pm

 

PS21 update – Brexit special

“That’s it, we’re out,” said Jonn Elledge shortly after midnight when they announced the result from Wolverhampton.

It’s been a fascinating period. Last week, a couple of days before the vote, I wrote a column for Reuters pondering what it would take to restore the divisions in the country after the vote. The morning off the result, I suggested what should happen next. Within barely 48 hours, things in the country was so confused that I was writing something rather different.

Things are still, it is fair to say, uncertain.

Unfortunately, it’s a apparently a myth that the Chinese characters for crisis and opportunity are the same – they are not. Still, PS21 is aiming to take advantage of the situation ruthlessly anyhow with a series of discussions over the next few weeks and months. We will be looking at Britain’s place in the world post- referendum, the defense of Europe as well as much broader topics such as the nature of the nationstate in the 21st century and what kind of immigration policy might actually work.

See the first of those below. Other exciting stuff going on that I look forward to filling you in on in due course.

All best,

Peter

Upcoming Events

British politics after the Brexit vote

Monday, July four, six p.m.,, King’s College London

So, the Brexit vote happened. But that, for now, is about all we can conclusively say. What next for British politics? We look ahead to the final days of David Cameron, the prospects for potential Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the deeply unpredictable future of the Labour Party. More broadly than that, though, what did the vote tell us about a deeply divided nation usually conflicted about where it goes next?

Peter Apps [moderator] – Global Affairs Columnist, Thomson Reuters. Executive Director, PS21

Rob Colville – Author and commentator for Politico Europe, Financial Times

Jennifer Brindisi – Political Consultant. Former Executive Director, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Gurjinder Dhaliwal – Labour Party and Remain campaigner

Jonn Eledge – Editor of CityMetric and journalist at New Statesman

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PS21 update week ending June 11

Two excellent discussions this week, one with counterterrorism expert Richard Barrett at the Cabinet Office  in London and a second on potential futures for US foreign policy with an expert panel in Washington DC. As always, some great expertise on display and some really good discussions.

Two more events coming up in London in the next couple of weeks, one on the changing face of intelligence at King’s College London on Wednesday and then a networking drinks the following week. The latter will take place the day before the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union – and attendees will have the chance to  place bets on what they see as the likely percentage results.

Look forward to seeing you there. And as always, many thanks for being part of the PS21 community.

Peter

 

LONDON EVENTS

The Changing Face of Intelligence

Wednesday, June 15, 6 p.m., King’s College London

From the growth of cyberspace to the application of open source information, the intelligence landscape – both for the government and private sector – is starting to see significantly change. PS21 looks into the changing sources of information, the needs and wants of those consuming intelligence, and asks how that shadowy world looks set to change in the years to come.

Peter Apps [moderator]global affairs columnist, Reuters. Executive director, PS21

John Bassett – former head of GCHQ London and Washington stations

Christiaan Triebert – an open source intelligence (OSINT) specialist at Bellingcat. Tracking conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen especially, he also provides UK transparency group Airwars with Geolocations of alleged civilian casualty incidents.

Metsa Rahimi – regional head of intelligence, UK and Middle East, Deutsche Bank. Member of the board and trustee, PS21

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 17:30. 

Blue Boar Restaurant – 45 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9LQ

PS21 cordially invites you to our next networking event at the Blue Boar. A great opportunity to meet, mingle and catch up. Given that this is the day before the Brexit vote, we will also be holding a suitably themed competition on the outcome, with the opportunity to win a free drink!

To RSVP click here.

Further events to follow shortly

PS21 update week ending June 4

Greetings from London, where after what feels like – and actually is – a month of almost continual traveling myself and assistants are now happily ensconced in an apartment in London’s Bankside just by Shakespeare’s Globe.

Thanks to some very dedicated work by all London volunteers, PS21 is doing very well here – to the point where Tuesday’s discussion on counterterrorism is, I’m afraid, fully booked [let me know if you wish to join the cancellation list as that may be a handful of spaces, but I can’t promise anything]. We have some great further events coming up, however – and for those in DC, Wednesday’s discussion on foreign policy should be excellent.

We also have a really good discussion coming up in London the following week on the changing nature of intelligence.

Plenty of great developments to come in addition. For this week, I leave you with my most recent Reuters column, a slightly alarming piece looking at just what it might take from North Korea to acquire the capability to strike the continental United States with a nuclear warhead.

all the best as always,

Peter Apps

Executive Director, PS21

Reuters global affairs columnist

LONDON 

Tuesday, June 7, 6 PM. Whitehall, London, exact location to be confirmed to attendees.

This event is now fully booked. We will, however, be in the Red Lion pub in Whitehall as usual from around 715 p.m. onwards.

 PS21 talks to Richard Barrett, former senior British intelligence official, head of the United Nations Al Qaeda and Taliban monitoring team 2004-13 and one of the world’s leading experts on the changing jihadist threat.

Moderated by Peter Apps, Reuters global affairs columnist and executive director of the Project for Study of the 21st Century.

 

The Changing Face of Intelligence

Wednesday, June 15, six p.m. London location to be confirmed to attendees

From the growth of cyberspace to the application of Open source information, the intelligence landscape – both for the government and private sector – is starting to see significantly change. PS21 looks into the changing sources of information, the needs and wants of those consuming intelligence, and asks how that shadowy world looks set to change in the years to come.

 

Peter Apps [moderator]global affairs columnist, Reuters. Executive director, PS21

John Bassett – former head of GCHQ London and Washington stations

Christiaan Triebert – an open source intelligence (OSINT) specialist at Bellingcat. Tracking conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen especially, he also provides UK transparency group Airwars with Geolocations of alleged civilian casualty incidents.

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WASHINGTON DC

A Choice of Foreign Policy Futures

Wednesday, June 8, 6 PM. Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW., Washington DC

With the  rise of  isolationist rhetoric with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — and, of course, the more conservative foreign policy stature of Hillary Clinton — the 2016 election is shaping up to offer a foreign policy range rarely seen in recent American history. As it faces the rise of rival powers and budget constraints the US faces some difficult decisions. What do the politics and geopolitics of this year’s face-off tell us about policymaking in the years and decades to come?

Ali Wyne [moderator] – PS21 Global Fellow. Nonresident Fellow, Atlantic Council

Nikolas Gvosdev – Prof. of National Security Studies, United States Naval war College

Rachel Rizzo – Research Associate, Center for a New American Security

Alexander Ward – Associate Director, Scowcroft Center, Atlantic Council

Chris Jackson – Pollster, Ipsos

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PS21 Update Week Ending May 27

Dear all,

Firstly, apologies for PS21 missing its weekly email. Until the middle of the week, I was still slogging my way across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2.

Came ashore straight into three days with the British Army who, in their infinite wisdom, have just commissioned me as a reservist. A fascinating experience, as well as a great way to explore the changing – and unchanging – natures of conflict. It’s also, of course, an opportunity to give something back for the money the British welfare state has spent on me and my disability over the last decade.

We have some really fantastic events in June. In Whitehall on June 7, we have what should be a great discussion with former UK and UN counterterrorism specialist Richard Barrett. The following day in DC, we have the latest in our series of discussions on foreign policy and the US election with an all-star panel which I am of one, I’m certainly really looking forward to watching online.

On the PS21 website, our latest in the Imagining 2030 series saw Scott Cheney Peters and collaborators from the Center for International Maritime Security casting their eyes forward. Meanwhile on Reuters, I took a look at the sudden and dramatic furore this month around Obama foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes and the White House bubble.

As always, many thanks for being part of the PS21 family. Many interesting developments and discussions to come, both in terms of the subject matter we will be looking at and the evolution of the institution itself.

 

Peter Apps

Executive Director, PS21

Reuters global affairs columnist

 

LONDON

 

Tuesday, June 7, 6 PM. Whitehall, London, exact location to be confirmed to attendees

From ISIS to the various Al Qaeda franchises, the battle against Islamist extremism has changed constantly since the attacks of September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of the Brussels and Paris attacks, how is the nature of the threat evolving? What is the best way of countering violent extremism in vulnerable populations at home – and could some of the steps currently being taken prove counterproductive? Just how worried should we be – and how much weight should really be put on the fight against terrorism in an era which also has so many other challenges?

 PS21 talks to Richard Barrett, former senior British intelligence official, head of the United Nations Al Qaeda and Taliban monitoring team 2004-13 and one of the world’s leading experts on the changing jihadist threat.

Moderated by Peter Apps, Reuters global affairs columnist and executive director of the Project for Study of the 21st Century.

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WASHINGTON DC

Wednesday, June 8, 6 PM. Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW., Washington DC

With the  rise of  isolationist rhetoric with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — and, of course, the more conservative foreign policy stature of Hillary Clinton — the 2016 election is shaping up to offer a foreign policy range rarely seen in recent American history. As it faces the rise of rival powers and budget constraints the US faces some difficult decisions. What do the politics and geopolitics of this year’s face-off tell us about policymaking in the years and decades to come?

Ali Wyne [moderator] – PS21 Global Fellow. Nonresident Fellow, Atlantic Council

Nikolas Gvosdev – Prof. of National Security Studies, mouseUnited States Naval war College

Rachel Rizzo – Research Associate, Center for a New American Security

Alexander Ward – Associate Director, Scowcroft Center, Atlantic Council

Chris Jackson – Pollster, Ipsos

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PS21 update week ending May 13

Just passing through New York this weekend on my way back to London. It’s been a fascinating few months in the United States, not least because of the increasingly fascinating — if now somewhat fatiguing — US election [on that note, check out the great Washington event we will have on the election and foreign policy in early June below].

Of course, I still have all the excitement of the Brexit vote to look forward to…

In London this week, we held a really great discussion on London and the challenges facing megacities — one of the themes I really want to explore in more detail in the months to come and next year. That will be followed this week on Wednesday by our latest networking drinks.

On the PS21 website this week, Asha Castleberry writes on the current security situation in Iraq and what it means for the next administration. 

On Reuters.com, meanwhile, I have two pieces. The first looks at the broader global implications of the election of London’s first Muslim mayor. Let’s be blunt, Sadiq Khan wasn’t elected because of his religion and whether or not Londoners vote for him again is going to be dependent on London-centric issues like housing and transport. For the rest of the world, however, his religion will be seen the most important thing about him and that is already having some interesting effects.

The second looks at the BBC’s latest spy drama “The Night Manager”, now airing in the United States. Set in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring”, I argue it gets some things horribly right Wake wakeabout recent Western involvement in the region.

All the best

Peter Apps

executive director, PS21

LONDON

Networking Drinks

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5.30 PM. The George, Strand, London

We at PS21 are happy to announce our next networking event! This will take place at the vibrant “George” pub right on the Strand opposite the Royal Courts of Justice on May 18th.

This is a great opportunity to meet and catch up with career professionals while exchanging contacts and insights.

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WASHINGTON DC

A Choice of Foreign Policy Futures?

SAVE THE DATE –Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6 PM. Venue to follow

With the  rise of  isolationist rhetoric with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — and, of course, the more conservative foreign policy stature of Hillary Clinton — the 2016 election is shaping up to offer a foreign policy range rarely seen in recent American history. As it faces the rise of rival powers and budget constraints of time, the US faces stock positions. What do the politics and geopolitics of this year’s face-off tell us about Web policy make a in the years and decades to come?

Speakers to be confirmed. Sign-up details to follow. This promises to be a great event and we look forward to seeing you there.

PS21 update week ending May 6

 

Hoping this finds you well. For those in London, a reminder that we have a really great event on Monday discussing London and the challenge of megacities following on from this week’s historic mayoral election — looks set to be a great event.

On the website this week, as part of our Imagining 2030 series, Russell Waite from Kings College London describes a potential conflict in the Gulf. On Reuters.com, meanwhile, I take a look at the war we have now and the way in which what happens in the city of Aleppo could set the tone for the rest of Syria.

Leaving Washington DC on Sunday after a really great couple of months here, parsing quickly through New York and then returning to the United Kingdom. We’ve been working on some really interesting plans for the future of PS21 which I look forward to sharing with you over the following weeks and months — suffice to say we have some really exciting developments upcoming and look forward to your company on the journey to come.

 

All the best

Peter Apps

executive director, PS21

LONDON

London and the challenge of megacities

WHEN: Monday, May 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE: Room S1.06 King’s College London – Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

London will has a new Mayor. Sadiq Khan inherits a city facing many challenges for the future – including pollution, overcrowding and rising living costs.

So, what’s on the new Mayor’s To Do list? How can he meet the unprecedented need for housing in a city of nearly nine million people? What role can new infrastructure play in the housing and job market? And what can London learn to do, and avoid, from other global megacities?

Jonn Elledge [moderator] – Editor of CityMetric and journalist at New Statesman

Emmanuel Akinwotu – Journalist who writes on Nigeria for the Guardian. He’s also written for the New Statesman, CityMetric, the New African Magazine and other publications. He’s reported from Lagos regularly over the last few years, covering politics, education and transport.

Nicole Badstuber – Researcher in Transport Policy and Governance for Cities at LSE Cities (London School of Economics) and Centre for Transport Studies (University College London). Nicole works on understanding the transport governance challenges for cities and complex network of actors involved in shaping transport policy at LSE Cities, and is pursuing her doctoral thesis in models of governing transport in cities across the world and their effect on transport policy at University College London.

Barney Stringer – Director of planning and socio-economic consultancy Quod. His career spans public policy, journalism and political research, with a focus on planning, transport and economic development. He writes on cities and development at barneystringer.wordpress.com.

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Networking Drinks

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5.30 PM. The George, Strand, London

We at PS21 are happy to announce our next networking event! This will take place at the vibrant “George” pub right on the Strand opposite the Royal Courts of Justice on May 18th.

This is a great opportunity to meet, and catch up with, career professionals while exchanging contacts and insights.

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WASHINGTON DC

Upcoming events to be published shortly

NEW YORK CITY

Upcoming events to be published shortly

PS21 update week ending April 29

Firstly, apologies for getting out our weekly e-mail a couple of days late this week. We wanted to lock in arrangements for our next discussion in London on May 9 [see below]. It promises to be a seriously good discussion on the challenges of out of my station linked to the upcoming election to succeed Boris Johnson as London mayor. We look forward to seeing you there.

Last week saw three very successful defense on both sides of the Atlantic. In London, from a US national intelligence officer for Russia Fiona Hill discussed Vladimir Putin and Europe at an event in Whitehall, followed by a discussion with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy the following day on the future all of the European project. In the DC, meanwhile, we discussed the future of the NATO alliance in a conversation you can see here.

On the website, Asha Castleberry discusses future US-Cuban military relations. On Reuters.com, I wrote comparinge Queen Elizabeth II on Britain’s currency with antislavery campaigner Harry Tubman in the US. And then, for good measure, another on how Donald Trump’s foreign policy might win him votes but not the election.

As always, happy to discuss. Huge thanks to our dedicated team on both sides of the Atlantic and I look forward to seeing you before too long. For those who take an interest in such things, I’ll be leaving Washington DC on Sunday for a few days in New York before returning to the UK. Looking forward to it.

Peter Apps

Executive director, PS21

Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters

 

LONDON

 

London and the challenge of megacities

WHEN: Monday, May 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE: Room S1.06 King’s College London – Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

Next week, London will have a new Mayor. Whether it is Sadiq Khan or Zac Goldsmith who takes City Hall, they will inherit a city facing many challenges for the future – including pollution, overcrowding and rising living costs.

So, what’s on the new Mayor’s To Do list? How can he meet the unprecedented need for housing in a city of nearly nine million people? What role can new infrastructure play in the housing and job market? And what can London learn to do, and avoid, from other global megacities?

Jonn Elledge [moderator] – Editor of CityMetric and journalist at New Statesman

Emmanuel Akinwotu – Journalist who writes on Nigeria for the Guardian. He’s also written for the New Statesman, CityMetric, the New African Magazine and other publications. He’s reported from Lagos regularly over the last few years, covering politics, education and transport.

Nicole Badstuber – Researcher in Transport Policy and Governance for Cities at LSE Cities (London School of Economics) and Centre for Transport Studies (University College London). Nicole works on understanding the transport governance challenges for cities and complex network of actors involved in shaping transport policy at LSE Cities, and is pursuing her doctoral thesis in models of governing transport in cities across the world and their effect on transport policy at University College London.

Barney Stringer – Director of planning and socio-economic consultancy Quod. His career spans public policy, journalism and political research, with a focus on planning, transport and economic development. He writes on cities and development at barneystringer.wordpress.com.

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Networking Drinks

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5.30 PM. The George, Strand, London

We at PS21 are happy to announce our next networking event! This will take place at the vibrant “George” pub right on the Strand opposite the Royal Courts of Justice on May 18th.

This is a great opportunity to meet, and catch up with, career professionals while exchanging contacts and insights.

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WASHINGTON DC

Upcoming events to be published shortly

NEW YORK CITY

Upcoming events to be published shortly

PS21 update week ending April 22

A couple of really great events upcoming in London next week, firstly a discussion on Wednesday  on Whitehall with former US national intelligence officer for Russia Fiona Hill and then another on Thursday on the future of the European Union. On Thursday in Washington, meanwhile, we’ll be talking about the future of NATO.

Many thanks to those who attended our events this week, a joint networking drinks with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in London and a truly excellent discussion on European energy security in DC.

For those interested, here’s a link to my Reuters column this week which focuses on the recent aerial and naval confrontations with Russia and China and risk of accidental escalation.

 

Executive Director, PS21

LONDON

Putin’s Russia and America’s take on Europe

Wednesday, April 27, 2015, 5:30 PM. Whitehall

A discussion in the heart of Whitehall with Fiona Hill, former US national intelligence officer for Russia, author of “Mr. Putin — Operative in the Kremlin” and head of the Europe program at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

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The Future of Europe in a Time of Crises

Thursday, April 28, 2015, 6 PM. Location TBC

From the migration crisis to militant attacks and Britain’s Brexit vote, a resurgent Russia to ongoing issues with the single currency, Europe faces more challenges that any point in its recent history. What does the immediate future have in store for the continent and how, if at all, can it overcome its issues?  In conjunction with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Tom Beasley [moderator] — company secretary, PS21

Gwenn Laine — a former French Navy officer, now PS21 global fellow

Holder Schmieding –– Berenberg Economics

Marina Prentoulis — University of East Anglia. Spokeswoman, Greece’s Syriza party

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WASHINGTON DC

The Future Of NATO

Thursday, April 28, 6 PM. Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW. Washington DC

With the return of tensions with Russia in Eastern Europe, NATO seems to have a new lease of life as the mainstay of Europe’s defense. But with Donald Trump and other US politicians increasing the questioning Washingtons commitments – and  no shortage of strains within the European Union on a whole host of issues – what really lies ahead for the transatllantic alliance.

Peter Apps – global affairs columnist, Reuters

Rachel Rizzo – Research Associate, Center for a New American Security

Robbie Gramer – Associate Director, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Atlantic Council

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PS21 Update Week Ending April 15

A couple of great events coming up next week, particularly one on European energy security in Washington DC on Tuesday and Wednesday’s joint networking drinks in London with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

In London this week, Gwenn Laine chaired an excellent discussion on social media and politics in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. In Washington, meanwhile, I moderated a discussion on the various drivers and potential implications of Brexit. You can watch the latter here.

The conclusion of the latter were interesting. Jonn Elledge, literally just off the plane from London, concluded that he still thought the UK would stay — but, like Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson, he believed the eventual results would be as much down to turnout as anything else. Essentially, those committed to leaving the EU are likely to vote. Those who want to stay in may be rather less so.

Former senior EU official Sir Michael Leigh explained how he felt a Brexit could further complicate the multiple other challenges facing the European project while Robbie Gramer from Atlantic Council said the whole story fitted nicely into the growing American feeling that Europe was simply falling apart. More broadly, though, the whole saga was seen yet another sign of popular discontent with the way the world is going and globalization in particular, in many ways Britain’s equivalent of Donald Trump.

Also on the PS 21 website this week, Helen Mason imagines Latin America in 2030. My weekly column this week, meanwhile, looks at the recent arrest of a Chinese-American naval officer for spying and the way in which human espionage seems to be surviving even in the computer age.

Many thanks as always and look forward to seeing some of you at the events below,

 

Peter Apps

Executive Director, PS21

 

WASHINGTON DC

Europe’s Energy Security

Tuesday, April 19, 6 PM. Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW. Washington DC

From worries about Russia to the collapse of global energy prices and the rise of renewables, what will Europe’s energy security picture look like in the years to come? This event will be contacted under Chatham House rules.

Peter Apps [moderator] — global affairs columnist, Reuters

Roric McCorristin supports the development of renewable energy as the basis of a sustainable, decarbonized economy. Until recently he was Program Director for “The Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network” at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Roric spent seven years as a Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels. He is a graduate of The George Washington University and holds a B.A. in Political Science and German Language and Literature.

Patricia Schouker is an energy analyst based in Washington D.C.
As a member of Chatham House in London, she worked at Le Figaro in Paris and was a parliamentary assistant and attaché at the French National Assembly. While working for a petrochemical company in London she wrote her thesis on U.S Foreign Policy towards Terrorism after 9/11 focusing on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Patricia’s main interests and international research worldwide are within the scope of energy security, global energy market studies and geopolitical risk. She also writes for Pipeline Oil and Gas Magazine in Dubai, Foreign Policy Association Blog and Oxford University’s Department of Politics and International Relations. She often gives interviews for the Swiss Public Broadcast RTS on energy security in the Middle East.

Thomas Lambert entered the Belgian Foreign Service in 1998 before working in the Belgian delegations to the United Nations, World Trade Organization and European Union. Thomas joined the Private Office of the then Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Karel De Gucht in 2007, as deputy chief of staff, with specific responsibilities on EU policy and trade policy in particular. The year 2009 brought him back to New York for a four year assignment as deputy Permanent Representative for Belgium to the United Nations. And in 2013, he drove down south along the I-95 to take up his position as deputy Chief of Mission at the Belgian embassy to the United States. His first responsibilities are with economic matters, ranging from energy related issues over promoting Belgian interests in the US, to the transatlantic trade negotiations (TTIP).

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LONDON

London networking drinks with YPFP

Wednesday, April 20, 2015, 6:30 PM. Blue Boar restaurant, London SW1

We are pleased to be partnering with the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) on our April networking drinks. PS21 and YPFP are delighted to invite you to drinks at the Blue Boar where we are looking forward to discussing current events such as the US election, Brexit and other contemporary issues.

For more information on YPFP, please visit their website http://www.ypfp.org/london

You can sign up for the event here.

 

Putin’s Russia and America’s take on Europe

Wednesday, April 27, 2015, 5:30 PM. Whitehall

A discussion in the heart of Whitehall with Fiona Hill, former US national intelligence officer for Russia, author of “Mr. Putin — Operative in the Kremlin” and head of the Europe program at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

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The Future of Europe in a Time of Crises

Thursday, April 28, 2015, 6 PM. Location TBC

From the migration crisis to militant attacks and Britain’s Brexit vote, a resurgent Russia to ongoing issues with the single currency, Europe faces more challenges that any point in its recent history. What does the immediate future have in store for the continent and how, if at all, can it overcome its issues?  In conjunction with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Tom Beasley [moderator] — company secretary, PS21

Gwenn Laine — a former French Navy officer, now PS21 global fellow

Holder Schmieding –– Berenberg Economics

Marina Prentoulis — University of East Anglia. Spokeswoman, Greece’s Syriza party

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PS21 Update week ending April 8

Two great events this week, one on Arctic geopolitics in London and the second on counterterrorism and intelligence in Europe with former MI6 deputy chief Nigel Inkster in Washington DC.

The Arctic is also the topic for this week’s Imagining 2030 offering. On Reuters.com, meanwhile, I had two columns. The first looks at a suspected Russian cyber attack on the Ukrainian electricity grid in December and its implications for the changing nature of confrontation in cyberspace. The second looks at the “Panama papers” release against the backdrop of a wider backlash against the global financial and political elite.

Both topics will almost certainly be the subject of future PS21 discussions, needless to say…

A couple of great events coming up this week, particularly on Brexit in Washington and Middle East politics in London.

 

All the best,

Peter

Peter Apps

Executive director, PS21

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Washington DC

What is really going on with Brexit?

April 13, 3 PM. Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW., Washington DC

Could the UK really vote to leave the European Union in June? What’s really driving the closing poll numbers? And what would the implications be for Britain’s relationship with the United States and mainland Europe?

Peter Apps [moderator] — Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters. Executive Director, PS21

Jonn Elledge — Journalist,  UK New Statesman

Chris Jackson — Pollster, Ipsos

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London

Politics and political advocacy in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring”
Tuesday, April 12, 2015, 6 PM. Whitehall — exact location to be provided on RSVP
From Benghazi to Damascus and San’a, the Arab World is, for the most part, on a different trajectory than what many involved in the 2011-2013 uprisings had hoped for. What remains of the movements which emerged to challenge the autocratic establishment? Have they given rise to a “new Arab conscience” and what does the way the West has handled these crises tell us about its perceived role in the MENA region? Finally, how is the role of Islam going to be changed by this legacy? What has happened to the social and traditional media and other forces that helped create the revolts in the first place?
Gwenn Lainé [moderator] – former French Naval officer, now strategic communications consultant, documentary filmmaker and PS21 Global Fellow.
Reem Assil – Reem’s activism ranged from media and citizen journalism, human rights, civil society research, all the way to peace building. She is a founding member of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement, co-founder of the Free Syrian Translators, and currently works with the Syrian Platform for Peace-UK, which she has been chairing for the last year.
Layal Hafid –  Having grown up in Ireland, Layal moved back to Benghazi with her family in 2005. After a first experience with UNICEF she joined the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) in 2011 working with members of militias and reporting on human rights abuses. She also worked as a programme development officer for USAID before moving back to Europe last year.
Baraa Shiban – Baraa is the Yemen project co-ordinator for the human rights organisation Reprieve. A prominent investigator of the United States drones attacks in Yemen, he has testified to a United States congressional hearing on the effects of drones in Yemen.
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Joint networking drinks with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Wednesday, April 20, 2015, 6:30 PM. Blue Boar restaurant, London SW1

We are pleased to be partnering with the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) on our April networking drinks.

PS21 and YPFP are delighted to invite you to drinks at the Blue Boar where we are looking forward to discussing current events such as the US election, Brexit and other contemporary issues.

For more information on YPFP, please visit their website http://www.ypfp.org/london

You can sign up for the event here.