PS21 Update Week Ending April 1

We are pushing this e-mail out a day early on this occasion to draw your attention to two events in particular next week.

The first is an excellent discussion on the future of the Arctic in Whitehall on Monday. Places are limited but it should be a great discussion.

We also have a great discussion in Washington on Wednesday with former MI6 deputy chief Nigel Inkster. Details below.

As always, some great reading material on the website. This week’s Imagining 2030 piece looks at the long-term future for newly arrived migrants in Germany, Merkel’s kinder. Thanks to Caitlin Vito for a very thought-provoking piece.

Also on the website, Asha Castleberry argues the rapprochement with Cuba and implications of Pres. Obama’s Latin America tour make it more important than ever the next president  should be a foreign policy specialist like Hillary Clinton.

In my weekly column on Reuters.com, meanwhile, I’m discussing how the rise of Donald Trump and reaction to the Brussels attack points to a return to American isolationism almost regardless of who wins.

A really great discussion in DC this week on the major contribution of think tanks, incidentally, expertly chaired by Negar Razavi. Panelists were Andrew Selee from the Wilson Center, Maria Stephan from the United States Institute for Peace and myself, the first time I’ve been on a panel rather than moderating. Any fascinating discussion which you can watch again here.

Peter Apps

Executive director, PS21

LONDON EVENTS

A Changing Arctic: Local Changes, Global Implications

Monday 4th April 2016, 18.00, Whitehall TBC to attendees

Changes in the Arctic landscape are altering the relationship Arctic and non-Arctic states alike have with the Far North. Opportunities created by rapid environmental changes in the Arctic have sparked numerous debates regarding the global consequences of the development of natural resources and shipping routes, as well as their impact on the local communities and regional states.

Jennifer Brindisi (Moderator) – Former London Executive Director of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Board Member PS21.

Wim Jolles – Director of European Operations at Canatec and an Arctic shipping specialist.

Michael Burgass – Marine scientist within the Imperial College Conservation Science group working to assessing ocean health for polar regions.

Dr Klaus Dodds – Professor at Royal Holloway specialising in geopolitics, security, and international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic.

Registration will begin at 5:30 and the event will commence at 6:00. Please note that we will not be able to guarantee entry to those arriving after 6:15.

You can sign up for the event here. Sign up will close Sunday, April 3 2016 so the final guest list can be provided to the venue for first thing Monday morning.

WASHINGTON DC Event

Counterterrorism and Intelligence in Europe

Wednesday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW., Washington DC

With attacks in Paris and Brussels and a resurgent Russia making its presence felt in Eastern Europe, European intelligence agencies face a range of growing new challenges. PS21 talks  counterterrorism, cyber, counterrorism and a host of other issues — including the security implications of a potential Brexit.

Peter Apps  [moderator] — Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters

Nigel Inkster — Former Deputy Chief,  UK  Secret Intelligence Service [MI6]. Now Head of Transnational Threats and  Political Risk, International Institute for Strategic Studies

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FURTHER EVENTS — SAVE THE DATE

LONDON

Social Media and Political Activism in the Post-Arab Spring World

Tuesday, April 12, 5:45 PM. Whitehall. Sign up here

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.
WASHINGTON DC
What is really going on with Brexit?
Wednesday, April 13, 3 PM. 1333 H St. NW., Washington DC.
A wide-ranging discussion on these dynamics within Britain’s EU referendum. Moderated by Peter Apps with panelists including New Statesman journalist Jonn Elledge.

PS21 Update Week Ending March 25

Greetings all. A week obviously overshadowed by events in Brussels. You can read my quick analysis on the attack from Tuesday in my Reuters column here.

For a relatively depressing take on Al events in the Middle East might progress from here, it’s definitely worth reading Hayat Alvis contribution to our always fascinating imagining 2030 series. She imagines an even more dystopian region in which the Syrian civil war continues to rage in 14 years time as nothing else is going particularly well either. Definitely worth a read.

On a more positive night, a fantastic discussion in New York this week on the wider implications of the recent commodity and energy price crash.  Many thanks to NYU’s Carolyn Kissane, Oxford Analytica’s Simon Coombe and the always fantastic Christina Madden from Women In International Security for moderating.

Should have a great event in Washington on Monday on think tanks on think tanks followed by next week’s London discussion on the managing of strategic shocks.

All the best and once again, many thanks for your support to us on the always interesting PS21 journey.

Peter Apps

executive director, PS21

WASHINGTON DC EVENTS

Think tanks — What Do They Really Contribute?

Monday, March 28, 6 PM. Open Gov Hub, 110 Vermont Ave., Northwest, Washington DC

Washington DC is to think tanks what Detroit once was to the global auto industry. But what do these institutions really bring to the table? Are they best thought of as academic institutions like universities, simple generators for policy or a storage center for those temporarily outside government.  How useful are they to policymakers, journalists and others? What kind of people do they attract — and who do they marginalize or do without? Do they operate differently in other countries or even cities? PS21 and a great panel of think tank types will be getting more even more introspective than usual…

Negar Razavi [moderator] — Anthropologist, University of Pennsylvania. PS21 global fellow
Andrew Selee — Executive Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center
Peter Apps — Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters. Executive Director, PS21
Maria Stephan — Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute for Peace. Former US State Department official

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LONDON

Managing Strategic Shocks

Thursday, March 31. Kings College London

This year marks the 15th anniversary off 9/11 and the 75th of Pearl Harbor. PS 21 examines how major shocks such as these —  also including natural disasters such as Fukushima –can be managed by both government and others. How do they change our actions, how do they shift public opinion? PS21 will host another world class panel, while introducing two new Global Fellows.
Tom Bruxner [moderator] – former British Army officer

Group Captain Ian Shields – former RAF officer with experience in Afghanistan, currently teaching at Anglia Ruskin University

Frederic Ischebeck-Baum — former UNODC Counter-Piracy Advisor, Fellow of the Cambridge Security Initiative

John Bassett– former GCHQ official and head of London and Washington stations

This is a joint event between the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King’s College London and PS21.

Guests can arrive from 5.30pm and the discussion starts at 6.00pm.

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The Changing Arctic — Local Challenges, Global Implications

Monday, April 4, 6 PM. London location TBC

Changes in the Arctic landscape are altering the relationship Arctic and non-Arctic states alike have with the Far North. Opportunities created by rapid environmental changes in the Arctic have sparked numerous debates regarding the global consequences of the development of natural resources and shipping routes, as well as their impact on the local communities and regional states.

Jennifer Brindisi (Moderator) – London Executive Director of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Board Member PS21.

Wim Jolles – Director of European Operations at Canatec and an Arctic shipping specialist.

Michael Burgass – Marine scientist within the Imperial College Conservation Science group working to assessing ocean health for polar regions.

Dr Klaus Dodds – Professor at Royal Holloway specialising in geopolitics, security, and international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic.

Registration will begin at 5:30 and the event will commence at 6:00. Please note that we will not be able to guarantee entry to those arriving after 6:15.

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NEW YORK

Further events details to follow

 

PS21 update week ending March 18

Greetings from Washington DC. Some great events coming up in the next couple of weeks in all three cities, starting with a really great discussion in New York next week on the geopolitical implications of the energy price crash. The following week, we will be looking at think tanks on think tanks in Washington DC and the managing of strategic shocks in London.

We had a truly fantastic discussion on Tuesday on The interplay of foreign and domestic politics in the US election. Huge thanks to Nikolas Gvosdev, Asha Castleberry, Alex Ward and Julia Clark For one of the most stimulating discussions so far. Multiple takeaways, particularly on the looming growth of isolationism, the jockeying for jobs within future administrations and the very considerable challenges whoever does win will face.

Came away with the very strong feeling that whoever wins in November, we are coming to the end of an era in American politics and foreign policy. There is much less appetite for engagement in the outside world, particularly military engagement that goes beyond air strikes and special forces raids. Donald Trump exemplifies that and even if he does not win, the candidates that follow him may well espouse a similar philosophy.

You can watch the video of the discussion here. Also worth reading Nick Gvosdev in the National Interest please piece on the collapse of the conventional narratives in US foreign policy, in which engagement and global trade in the world were seen making America both richer and safer. Both of those ideas on out being significantly challenged.

This week’s Imagining 2030 piece takes a similarly.view, with Alex Sanchez imagining a dystopian future for policing in Peru. Definitely worth a read.

My weekly column for Reuters, meanwhile, looks at Brexit. Things are going badly in Europe, I argue — but Britain should still stay in for now, in part because it shouldn’t want to make things worse by further trashing the already struggling institutions which have helped keep Europe’s stable since the second world war. Plenty of ways you can disagree with my thesis from all angles, though. You can read the story here.

Finally, huge congratulations to PS21 trustee and member of the board Katherine Maher who was  announced earlier this week as the new interim executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the operators of Wikipedia.

 

NEW YORK EVENTS

Geopolitical implications of the energy/commodities price crash

 

Wednesday, March 23, 6 PM, 708 3rd Ave., New York

PS21 and Women In  International Security bring together a panel to discuss the geopolitical implications off the recent crash in global commodity and energy prices. Who are the winners and losers, what are the broader implications And what might this mean for the United States?

Christina Madden [moderator] — Executive Director, Women In International Security, New York

Carolyn Kissane — Professor, School of Global Affairs, New York University

Simon Coote — Head of Advisory, Oxford Analytica

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WASHINGTON DC EVENTS

Think tanks, what are they really for?

Monday, March 28, 6 PM. Washington DC location tbc

Washington DC is to think tanks while Detroit once was to the global auto industry. But what do these institutions really bring to the table? Are they best thought of as academic institutions like universities, simple generators for policy or a storage center for those temporarily outside government.  How useful are they to policymakers, journalists and others? What kind of people do they attract — and who do they marginalize or do without? Do they operate differently in other countries or even cities? PS21 and a great panel of think tank types will be getting more even more introspective than usual…
Negar Razavi [moderator] — Anthropologist, University of Pennsylvania. PS21 global fellow
Andrew Selee — Executive Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center
Peter Apps — Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters. Executive Director, PS21
Maria Stephan — Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute for Peace. Former US State Department official

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LONDON

Managing Strategic Shocks

Thursday, March 31. Kings College London

This year marks the 15th anniversary off 9/11 and the 75th of Pearl Harbor. PS 21 examines how major shocks such as these —  also including natural disasters such as Fukushima –can be managed by both government and others. How do they change our actions, how do they shift public opinion? PS21 will host another world class panel, while introducing two new Global Fellows.
Tom Bruxner [moderator] – former British Army officer

Group Captain Ian Shields – former RAF officer with experience in Afghanistan, currently teaching at Anglia Ruskin University

Frederic Ischebeck-Baum — former UNODC Counter-Piracy Advisor, Fellow of the Cambridge Security Initiative

John Bassett– former GCHQ official and head of London and Washington stations

This is a joint event between the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King’s College London and PS21.

Guests can arrive from 5.30pm and the discussion starts at 6.00pm.

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PS21 update week ending March 12

Apologies for the slightly later than usual running of this e-mail this week. As many of you know, I’m currently in Washington DC and the place is just a remarkably target rich environment for interesting people, meetings and thoughts. On that night, we have a really great upcoming discussion on Tuesday evening this week on the US election and foreign policy. Details below but it’s definitely worth attending.

Also worth a look is this week’s Imagining 2030 piece by Shannon Tiezzi imagining the life of a thirtysomething woman in 2030 China.

Some people have also said nice things about my Reuters column on how America could [probably] survive a President Trump. Others, though, have been rather blunt in telling me I’m wrong. Given the violence today at a Trump rally in Chicago, I’m wondering if they may have a point. Certainly interested to hear your thoughts.

 

WASHINGTON EVENTS

Foreign Policy — How Much Does the US Election Really Matter?

Tuesday, March 15. 6 PM. Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW.

From a resurgent Russia to the fight against ISIS, foreign policy has — periodically at least — been firmly on the agenda for the 2016 election. But what impact will the vote really have on what the US does? What do the various advisers of candidates tell us about how they would operate in office? What do the American people actually want? And how much difference can any US president make on the really big issues facing the country.

Peter Apps [moderator] — global affairs columnist , Thomson Reuters

Nikolas Gvosdev — professor of national security studies, US Naval War College

Julia Clark —  pollster and senior vice president, Ipsos

Alex Ward — associate director, Brett Scowcroft Center, Atlantic Council

Asha Castleberry — former US Army officer, PS21 global fellow

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Think tanks, what are they really for?

Monday, March 28, 6 PM. Washington DC location tbc

Washington DC is to think tanks while Detroit once was to the global auto industry. But what do these institutions really bring to the table? Are they best thought of as academic institutions like universities, simple generators for policy or a storage center for those temporarily outside government.  How useful are they to policymakers, journalists and others? What kind of people do they attract — and who do they marginalize or do without? Do they operate differently in other countries or even cities? PS21 and a great panel of think tank types will be getting more even more introspective than usual…
Negar Razavi [moderator] — Anthropologist, University of Pennsylvania. PS21 global fellow
Andrew Selee — Executive Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center
Peter Apps — Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters. Executive Director, PS21
Maria Stephan — Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute for Peace. Former US State Department official

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LONDON

Managing Strategic Shocks

Thursday, March 31. Kings College London

This year marks the 15th anniversary off 9/11 and the 75th of Pearl Harbor. PS 21 examines how major shocks such as these —  also including natural disasters such as Fukushima –can be managed by both government and others. How do they change our actions, how do they shift public opinion? PS21 will host another world class panel, while introducing two new Global Fellows.
Tom Bruxner [moderator] – former British Army officer

Group Captain Ian Shields – former RAF officer with experience in Afghanistan, currently teaching at Anglia Ruskin University

Frederic Ischebeck-Baum — former UNODC Counter-Piracy Advisor, Fellow of the Cambridge Security Initiative

John Bassett– former GCHQ official and head of London and Washington stations

This is a joint event between the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King’s College London and PS21.

Guests can arrive from 5.30pm and the discussion starts at 6.00pm.

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NEW YORK

We regret that the March 15 events on geopolitics and commodity prices has been rescheduled. Details to follow.

 

 

 

PS21 update week ending March 4

Another solid week of events this week, with both a very successful networking drinks in central London and a great discussion last night in Washington DC on social media, data and the changing US electoral landscape. You can watch the latter discussion on our YouTube channel here. Serious thanks to all of those who attended as well as our great panel, Frank Spring and Scott Talan.

 

I like to think I generally avoid going too far in the spirit of self-promotion but actually both pieces published this week just happen to be by me.

Firstly, in the latest of our Imagining 2030 series, I imagine what it might be like to look back from that date as a potential Donald Trump presidency. Am I underestimating how much damage he could do? I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can see the piece here.

Secondly, as many as you already know, this month I’m beginning my new gig as global affairs columnist at Reuters [Although I will continue my PS21 responsibilities]. On Reuters this week, I gave my best shot at exploring what the Syria civil war tells us about the state of the world.

Some really great events coming up this month in London, New York and DC — particularly a really good year of discussion in Washington on Monday and what should be a fascinating US perspective on Britain’s “armed diplomacy” in Whitehall later in the week. Sign-up details below.

Once again, thanks to all all for being part of the journey.

Peter

UPCOMING EVENTS

WASHINGTON DC

Monday, March 7 – Europe, a perfect storm of crises?

From the migrant crisis to a resurgent Russia, potential British EU exit to ongoing straivns within the Europe, the European project faces  multiple strains on a scale not seen in decades. Can the European Union itself when the storm? Which countries are most likely to see the next domestic political crises? And what can the United States do to influence events on a continent that had been presumed to have entered a new era of stability. The discussion will be moderated by Peter Apps, global affairs columnist for Reuters news and Executive director, PS 21. The panellists will include Sir Michael Leigh, former Director General for EU Enlargement, European  Commission and currently Senior Adviser at the German Marshal Fund, Heather Conley former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs. Now Senior Vice President, Europe program, Center for Strategic and International Studies as well as Simona Kordosova Lightfoot, Campaigns  Manager,  Future Europe Program, Atlantic Council.

Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW., Washington DC, 3 PM. Sign up here

 

Tuesday, March 16 — US Foreign Policy — How Much Does the Election Matter?

From a resurgent Russia to the fight against ISIS, foreign policy has — periodically at least — firmly on the agenda for the 2016 election. But what impact will the vote really have on what the US does? What do the various advisers of candidates tell us about how they would operate in office? And how much difference can any US president make on the really big issues facing the country.

Peter Apps [moderator] — global affairs columnist , Thomson Reuters

Nikolas Gvosdev — professor of national security studies, US Naval War College

Other speakers to follow. Sign up here

Wednesday, March 16 – National Security Op-Ed Masterclass  

A chance for current and potential PS21 global fellows and other collaborators to discuss the art of writing and pitching op-ed pieces. Attendees are also invited to bring along a draft piece. This session will be led by Reuters global affairs columnist and PS21 founder Peter Apps and Reuters opinion editor Jason Fields.
Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW., Washington DC, 6 PM.
E-mail here to apply. Numbers limited.
LONDON

 

Thursday, March 10 — The British Experience of Armed Diplomacy

Whitehall, exact location to be confirmed to attendees, registration from 5:30 PM

A talk by Christopher D Kalenda, Senior Military Fellow, Kings College London

Christopher D Kolenda served as the Senior Advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the US Department of Defense and served four tours of duty in Afghanistan. In 2009, he was hand selected by the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy to develop a new US strategy for the conflict and also co-authored the assessment of counterinsurgency strategy for US Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

In conjunction with Kings College London Diplomacy Society. Sign up here

NEW YORK

Tuesday, March 15 — Geopolitics of the Energy Price Crash

Midtown Manhattan, 6 PM. In conjunction with Women in International Security

Having spent much of the first decade of the 21st century worried about ever rising energy prices, recent years have seen an almost unprecedented crash. What are the geopolitical implications of that for some of the globe’s most  major powers and unpredictable regions? PS21 pulls together a panel to discuss the winners and the losers, the risks and the opportunities.

Carolyn Kissane — Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs, NYU

Other panelists to follow

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Finally, we’d like to draw the attention of our younger subscribers to the following travel/mentorship opportunity from the Future Leaders Network. Note that the deadline for applying is at the end of next week.

The Future Leaders Network is seeking a delegation of five talented young people to represent the UK at the Y7 Summit in Tokyo, Japan.

The Y7 Summit is a global gathering of future leaders from the G7 nations, that seeks to generate policy recommendations through pragmatic and evidence-based negotiation. In 2016, the Summit will be held in Tokyo, Japan from April 30th to May 4th.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 18 March 2016

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity and to apply, please click here.

PS21 update week ending Feb 26

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A very successful week for PS21, with three excellent events in London, New York and DC. this week, we will be holding networking drinks in London as well as a discussion on US politics and changing electoral science in DC. Please find details below…
In London, we held a packed out event at BAE Systems to discuss the upcoming US election with a panel including pollster Julia Clark, former Telegraph Washington correspondent Peter Foster, former GCHQ official John Bassett and professor of US politics Andrew Moran. In New York, we discussed the Zika virus with NYU obstetrician and gynecologist Taraneh Shirazian, Mount Sinai Beth Israel epidemiologist Dana Mazo and David Abramson, director of NYU’s Program on Population Recovery and Resilience.
In DC, meanwhile, Andrew Tabler and Rasha Elass discussed the serial war and prospects for peace. You can watch a video of that discussion.
As part of our ongoing Imagining 2030 series, NYU professor Mark Galeotti imagined a high-speed train journey on the Trans-Siberian to Moscow. Also on the website, Edward Wanyonyi contributed a piece on Africa in 2016 – Three strategic contingencies
If you would like to follow us on LinkedIn, click here

UPCOMING EVENTS

WASHINGTON DC

Thursday, March 3  – Social media, data and votes that count – changing electoral science

From the rising power of social media to the growing depth of voter data, the science of how to win elections is constantly evolving. PS21 discusses what the 2016 election has shown us so far and what will help determine its outcome. From idiosyncratic candidates to apps and doorstep campaigns, what will really determine who wins the White House? The discussion will be moderated by Peter Apps and the panel will include Frank Spring, Democratic political strategist and PS21 global fellow as well as Scott Talan,  Assistant professor at American University.

Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St., Northwest, Washington DC, 5:30 PM

Sign up for this event here.

Monday, March 7 – Europe, a perfect storm of crises?

From the migrant crisis to a resurgent Russia, potential British EU exit to ongoing strains within the Europe, the European project faces  multiple strains on a scale not seen in decades. Can the European Union itself when the storm? Which countries are most likely to see the next domestic political crises? And what can the United States do to influence events on a continent that had been presumed to have entered a new era of stability.

Peter Apps [moderator] —   global affairs columnist, Reuters news. Executive director, PS 21

Sir Michael Leigh — former Director General for EU Enlargement, European  Commission. Now Senior Adviser, German Marshal Fund

Heather Conley — former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs. Now Senior Vice President, Europe program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

 

Simona Kordosova Lightfoot — Campaigns  Manager,  Future Europe Program, Atlantic Council

Thomson Reuters, 1333 H St. NW., Washington DC, 3 PM. Sign up here

LONDON

 

Wednesday, March 2 – Networking Drinks 

Join Project for the Study of the 21st Century (PS21) for an evening of drinks and networking in central London this Wednesday. This will take place at the bar in Waterstones, Piccadilly, from 6 PM.

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NEW YORK

Further events to follow.

PS21 update week ending Feb 19

Greetings from a still pretty seriously cold Washington DC. A couple of great discussions last week, one on the US election in New York and the other on “frontline civilians” in London. In both cases, the conversation carried on nicely to a bar afterwards which is, of course, always the PS21 way.

Also another interesting piece in our ongoing “Imagining 2030” series, this time with Phillip Thicknesse looking ahead to the future of energy in the United Kingdom.

This coming week we will be holding events on the US election [Monday, London], the Syria war [also Monday, Washington] and the zika virus outbreak  [Tuesday, New York].

Then in March we have another slew of great events planned including networking drinks in London, the future of conflict in New York and a whole string of great discussions for Washington looking at narratives and conflict, social media and elections and the immediate future of Europe.

Details of some of that is the latter below. As always, many thanks for being part of the PS21 adventure and we look forward to seeing where it goes further going forward.

Also, delighted to say PS21 is now on LinkedIn. You can follow us here

UPCOMING EVENTS

WASHINGTON DC

Monday, February 22 – Will Syria’s War Ever End?

Five years after the start of the “Arab Spring”, Syria’s civil war is as brutal as ever — and dragging in ever more outside powers. As Russian-backed government forces close on Aleppo, has Bashar al-Assad finally regained the upper hand? What compromises might Syrians be willing to accept as the price of peace — and given the increasing involvement of foreign states, does that even matter? How will a new American president handle what increasingly looks like one of the defining regional wars of the era?
The discussion will be moderated by Peter Apps and the panelists will include Rasha Elass, Syrian American journalist and former Damascus-based reporter and PS21 Global Fellow and Andrew Tabler, Senior Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Thomson Reuters, 1333 H Street Northwest, Washington DC

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NEW YORK

Tuesday, February 23 – The Zika Virus: What’s Next?

With the mosquito-borne zika virus on the rise in Latin America and with thousands of babies apparently already brain-damaged, how can global health authorities possibly respond? What does the science say and where are the gaps in our knowledge? And with some countries already simply recommending women avoid pregnancy, what kind of international and local health response would prove appropriate?

Panelists will include NYU assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology Taraneh Shirazian, Mount Sinai epidemiologist Dana Mazo and David Abrahamson, director of NYU’s program on population recovery and resilience. Helen Coster, senior editor at Thomson Reuters, will be moderating the discussion. This event is held in conjunction with Women in International Security.

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LONDON

Monday, February 22 — US Election 2016 – What happens next?

With the US elections in November 2016 only a stone through away, we are looking back to the two recent primarys, but we are looking ahead to which candidates will define the course of their party for decades to come. The panel of speakers will include Julia Clarke from Ipsos MORI, a leading market research company, Prof. Andrew Moran from London Metropolitan University whom specialises in US Foreign Policy,  John Elledge, editor at CityMetric.com, former Daily Telegraph Washington correspondent Peter Foster  and John Bassett who worked at the UK embassy in DC in the 2008 campaign

This is a joint event between Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and PS21.

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Thursday, March 2 – Networking Drinks 

Join Project for the Study of the 21st Century (PS21) for an evening of drinks and networking in central London. The location to be confirmed shortly.

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PS21 update week ending February 12

Greetings from a freezing New York. We now have a really great crop of events up and running in London, New York and DC, so very much look forward to seeing some of you at them. From the upcoming US election to the zika virus outbreak to the ongoing carnage in Syria, 2016 is giving us no shortage of issues to get our teeth into.

See below for more details on some of the great events we have lined up this week. If you would like to join our team, e-mail PS21central@Gmail.com for further details.

What else we’ve been up to this week

Christine Nikol looks at what it would be like Living with Pandemic for our Imagining 2030 Series, read Robert Colvile’s PS21 Review – How Doctor Who’s Stephen Moffat explains Donald Trump and Patrick Bury looks at how ISIS Goes for Broke in Libya. 

For more or our Imagining 2030 series, click here.

Upcoming  events

NEW YORK

Tuesday, February 16 — “Insurgent Candidates” — Trump and Sanders. What do they mean and can they win?

Within both the Democratic and Republican parties, the 2016 election has seen almost unprecedented challenge to their political establishments and status quo. What do the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders – both very different politicians from each other but also to the more conventional figures in their parties – tell us about the state of politics and America? Where does their support come from, and perhaps the most important question, how far can they go?

Peter Apps [Moderator]: PS21 Executive Director

Clifford Young: President, US Ipsos MORI

Chris Kahn: US Political Polling Editor, Thomson Reuters

Robert Shapiro:  Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

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Tuesday, February 23 – The Zika Virus: What’s Next?

With the mosquito-borne zika virus on the rise in Latin America and with thousands of babies apparently already brain-damaged, how can global health authorities possibly respond? What does the science say and where are the gaps in our knowledge? And with some countries already simply recommending women avoid pregnancy, what kind of international and local health response would prove appropriate?

Panelists will include NYU assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology Taraneh Shirazian, Mount Sinai epidemiologist Dana Mazo and David Abrahamson, director of NYU’s program on population recovery and resilience.

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LONDON

Monday, February 15– Front-line civilians — challenges, opportunities and threats

A discussion examining the experiences, challenges and roles of front-line expatriate civilian staff — from military contractors to aid workers, journal in modern conflicts.  — who find themselves increasingly on the frontline involved in conflicts. Panelists will include U.S. Army War College anthropologist Darya Pilram, humanitarian security specialist Sheelagh Brady, acting director of the International News Safety Institute Anna Bevan and former British Army officer and defence attache to Yemen Iain Smailes. The discussion will be moderated by PS21 company secretary Tom Beazley.

This event will take place at the Christian Aid office in Waterloo. Sign up here

 

Monday, February 22 — US Election 2016 – What happens next?

With the US elections in November 2016 only a stone through away, we are looking back to the two recent primarys, but we are looking ahead to which candidates will define the course of their party for decades to come. The panel of speakers will include Julia Clarke from Ipsos MORI, a leading market research company, Prof. Andrew Moran from London Metropolitan University whom specialises in US Foreign Policy,  John Elledge, editor at CityMetric.com and former Daily Telegraph Washington correspondent Peter Foster

This is a joint event between Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and PS21.

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WASHINGTON DC

Monday, February 22 – Will Syria’s War Ever End?

Five years after the start of the “Arab Spring”, Syria’s civil war is as brutal as ever — and dragging in ever more outside powers. As Russian-backed government forces close on Aleppo, has Bashar al-Assad finally regained the upper hand? What compromises might Syrians be willing to accept as the price of peace — and given the increasing involvement of foreign states, does that even matter? How will a new American president handle what increasingly looks like one of the defining regional wars of the era?
The discussion will be moderated by Peter Apps and the panelists will include Rasha Elass, Syrian American journalist and former Damascus-based reporter. PS21 Global Fellow and Andrew Tabler, Senior Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Thomson Reuters, 1333 H Street Northwest, Washington DC

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PS21 update week ending February 6

The launch of the PS21 War Risk Survey, Whitehall, November 11, 2015 (Ana Kovacs)

The US presidential primary  campaign is hotting up on the side of the pond while in Europe, the migrant crisis is continuing to put the EU under more pressure and a UK Brexit referendum is, we can only assume, also getting closer…

We have some more great events lined up for February in New York, London and Washington. If you would like to join our team, e-mail PS21central@Gmail.com for further details.

What else we’ve been up to this week

As part of our Imagining 2030 series, Frank Spring takes a look at how changing technology may affect the way political campaigns reach out to potential supporters in Elections and Tech – “Thanks For All You Do”Peter Apps examines why Zika may be as tough to beat as Ebola and Brittay Damora looks forward with Kidnap for ransom: developments on the horizon 2016. 

You can check out the rest of our 2030 series here.

Upcoming  events

NEW YORK

Monday, February 8 — Polling the Presidential Election

This event has been postponed and will not be wrapped into the discussion below the following week.

Monday, February 15 — “Insurgent Candidates” — Trump and Sanders. What do they mean and can they win?

Within both the Democratic and Republican parties, the 2016 election has seen almost unprecedented challenge to their political establishments and status quo. What do the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders – both very different politicians from each other but also to the more conventional figures in their parties – tell us about the state of politics and America? Where does their support come from, and perhaps the most important question, how far can they go?

Peter Apps [Moderator]: PS21 Executive Director

Clifford Young: President, US Ipsos MORI

Chris Kahn: US Political Polling Editor, Thomson Reuters

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Tuesday, February 23 – The Zika Virus: What’s Next?

With the mosquito-borne zika virus on the rise in Latin America and with thousands of babies apparently already brain-damaged, how can global health authorities possibly respond? What does the science say and where are the gaps in our knowledge? And with some countries already simply recommending women avoid pregnancy, what kind of international and local health response would prove appropriate?

Panelists will include NYU assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology Taraneh Shirazian

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LONDON

Monday, February 15– Front-line civilians — challenges, opportunities and threats

A discussion examining the experiences, challenges and roles of front-line expatriate civilian staff — from military contractors to aid workers, journal in modern conflicts.  — who find themselves increasingly on the frontline involved in conflicts. Panelists will include U.S. Army War College anthropologist Darya Pilram, humanitarian security specialist Sheelagh Brady, acting director of the International News Safety Institute Anna Bevan and former British Army officer and defence attache to Yemen Iain Smailes. The discussion will be moderated by PS21 company secretary Tom Beazley.

This event will take place at the Christian Aid office in Waterloo. Sign up here

Also: save the date for the following.

Monday, February 22 — Predicting the US Election

In conjunction with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, PS21 looks ahead to this year’s presidential election. Panelists to include US-based pollster Julia Clark from Ipsos Mori as well as Andrew Moran, US politics expert from London Metropolitan University. Further details to follow.

WASHINGTON DC

Washington DC events will resume in February. Want to be involved? Email PS21Central@Gmail.com

Check out the new PS21 promotional video here

PS21 update week ending Jan 29

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This week marks PS21’s true first year anniversary. It’s exactly a year since our first events in London and Washington DC. Many thanks to all of you who helped us reach this milestone.

While New York and Washington seem to have recovered from blizzard Jonah and the UK gets hit by storm Gertrude, January draws comes to an end, marking a rocky start to the year. And not just on the weather front…

Following our first networking drinks in London on Friday we have some more great events lined up for February in New York, London and Washington. If you would like to join our team, e-mail PS21central@Gmail.com for further details.

What else we’ve been up to this week

T.S. Allen looks at The Islamic State versus the European Union and as the migrant crisis in Europe intensifies, Peter Apps highlights The Tragedy of Europe: location, location, location.

Upcoming  events

NEW YORK

Monday, February 8 — Polling the Presidential Election

As the US primary season hots up, PS21 looks ahead to what we we know about the final contest itself. Panelists to include Clifford Young from Ipsos Mori. PS21 executive director Peter Apps to moderate. This event will start at 6 PM and take place in the Thomson Reuters offices at 3 Times Square, 10036. Sign-up here

LONDON

Monday, February 15– Front-line civilians — challenges, opportunities and threats

A discussion examining the experiences, challenges and roles of front-line expatriate civilian staff — from military contractors to aid workers, journal in modern conflicts.  — who find themselves increasingly on the frontline involved in conflicts. Panelists will include U.S. Army War College anthropologist Darya Pilram, humanitarian security specialist Sheelagh Brady, acting director of the International News Safety Institute Anna Bevan and former British Army officer and defence attache to Yemen Iain Smailes. The discussion will be moderated by PS21 company secretary Tom Beazley.

This event will take place at the Christian Aid office in Waterloo. Sign up here

Also: save the date for the following.

Monday, February 22 — Predicting the US Election

In conjunction with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, PS21 looks ahead to this year’s presidential election. Panelists to include US-based pollster Julia Clark from Ipsos Mori as well as Andrew Moran, US politics expert from London Metropolitan University. Further details to follow.

WASHINGTON DC

Washington DC events will resume in February. Want to be involved? Email PS21Central@Gmail.com

Check out the new PS21 promotional video here

PS21 update week ending Jan 22

12540782_10208853187435274_5770576819734796189_nGreetings from a chilly New York, with the US East Coast bracing for what will supposedly be one of the most memorable winter storms in recent history. We’re off to a great start for 2016 for PS21, even if the weather — as well as a potential of London underground strike -have made planning problem more difficult than we would have ideally liked.

On that note, please be aware that we have moved to the London networking drinks that were scheduled for Wednesday, January 27th to the following day — Thursday, January 28. This will take place at the bar at Waterstone’s bookshop in Piccadilly. You can find further details and sign up here.

As you can see from below, we have some great events coming up in the London and New York. Washington DC events will resume in February. As always, we are very much in the market for new volunteers in all three cities. E-mail PS21central@Gmail.com for further details.

What we’ve been up to

Thanks to our exceptional new editor Tatianna Duran, our Imagining 2030 series is off to a flying start. This week, Phillip Thicknesse sketches out a dog future in which  ongoing militant attacks in Europe prompt a brutal series of deportations. Back in the present day, meanwhile, Caitlin Vito writes on the plight of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.

In the outside world, PS21 global fellow Robert Colville pondered in Politico where UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn might stand on Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Upcoming  events

LONDON

Thursday, January 28 — London networking drinks

Waterstone’s bookshop, fifth floor cocktail bar, 203-205 Piccadilly, W1J9HA

From 5:30 PM. Sign up here.

Also, save the dates for the following

Monday, February 15– Front-line civilians — challenges, opportunities and threats

A discussion examining the experiences, challenges and roles of front-line expatriate civilian staff — from military contractors to aid workers, journal in modern conflicts.  — who find themselves increasingly on the frontline involved in conflicts. Panelists will include PS21 global fellow Darya Pilram, an anthropologist with considerable experience working with US and British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as representatives of the humanitarian, media and other sectors. Further details including how to sign up to follow next week.

Monday, February 22 — Predicting the US Election

In conjunction with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, PS21 looks ahead to this year’s presidential election. Panelists to include US-based pollster Julia Clark from Ipsos Mori as well as Andrew Moran, US politics expert from London Metropolitan University. Further details to follow.

NEW YORK

Monday, February 8 — Polling the Presidential Election

As the US primary season hots up, PS21 looks ahead to what we we know about the final contest itself. Panelists to include Clifford Young from Ipsos Mori. PS21 executive director Peter Apps to moderate. This event will start at 6 PM and take place in the Thomson Reuters offices at 3 Times Square, 10036. Sign-up details to follow next week.

WASHINGTON DC

Washington DC events will resume in February. Want to be involved? Email PS21Central@Gmail.com

Check out the new PS21 promotional video here

 

PS21 update week ending Jan 8

The launch of the PS21 War Risk Survey, Whitehall, November 11, 2015 (Ana Kovacs)

Hi all,

A happy new year from PS21 from the middle of the storm-tossed Atlantic [I’m currently en route to the United States aboard the liner Queen Mary 2, hence the slight delay in sending out of what should have been Friday’s weekly e-mail.

We’ve had a really great start to the year with a fantastic discussion in Whitehall last week on risks to watch in 2016. We’re just spinning up for other events in London and other cities — you can see my overview strategy for the year here.

Also worth checking out the new PS21 promotional video produced by global fellow Gwenn Laine.

Last week, we launched an exciting new series of website articles for 2016 — our Imagining 2030 series in which contributors imagine what an area of life and their expertise will look like in 14 years time. 2030 is now surprisingly close — and while I’m sure our projections will be off, it’s a great and challenging way of looking forward.

In my first piece, I take a shot at projecting what Heathrow airport might look like in 2030. PS21 global fellow and CCTV journalist Martina Fuchs, meanwhile, imagines what the 2030 Chinese media scene.

Other pieces this week include PS21 global fellow David Murrin on tensions in the South China Sea and Alex Zerdan on the terror finance risks caused by new technology.

UPCOMING EVENTS

LONDON

November 27, 2016 — London networking drinks

Central London location to be confirmed, 6:30 PM

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WASHINGTON DC AND NEW YORK

Events to follow shortly