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> Event: Traditional religion and political power

Examining the role of the church in Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine and Moldova

DATE: Wednesday 28th October 2015

TIME: 6.00pm-7.30pm

VENUE: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London, SW1A 2LW


  • Gordon Marsden MP, Secretary, All Party Parliamentary Group on Georgia (Labour)
  • Dr. Katja Richters, Department of Orthodox Christianity, University of Erfurt
  • Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Felix Corley, Editor, Forum 18 News Service

Chair: Baroness Berridge, Chair of the All Party Group on International Freedom of Religion and Belief (Conservative)

The event is free and open to all. Please RSVP to

Free copies of the new publication will be available

> FPC Briefing: Russia's changing role in Central Asia - the post-Ukraine context, and implications

FPC Senior Research Associate Craig Oliphant examines the strategic, economic and political challenges Russia faces dealing with the states of Central Asia. He explores the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the relationship between Russia and Central Asia and examines the growing influence of China in the region and what it means for Moscow's long-term role.

> Rt Hon. Charles Kennedy, FPC Co-President 2009-2015

The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) Chair Andrew Hood, his fellow trustees and the FPC team of staff extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Rt Hon. Charles Kennedy. He will be greatly missed.

> Investing in women's economic resilience & social wellbeing: Rethinking the role of private sector development in Africa

Part of the 'Africa Rising? Building Africa's Productive Capacity for Inclusive Growth' series

In a series of Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) roundtable discussions - supported by Nestlé - the FPC seeks to explore how business can play a more constructive role in building resilience to improve women's economic and social wellbeing across Africa. The proposed series of roundtable discussions come at a time when global development priorities are being reshaped and redefined in the wake of a post-2015 UN Millennium Development Goals' agenda. In addition, 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. This resolution promotes the importance of women in building peace and security in states affected by conflict. All this is coupled with the fact that the global economic recovery remains fragile. Existing inequality and insecurity disproportionately affects women, and has been compounded by the unprecedented global economic crisis, on-going austerity and mounting uncertainty. These conditions present very real challenges for public spending dedicated to development. As such, understanding the development transformation role played by business and enterprise has become increasingly important.

> FPC Briefing: Separating historical fact from political fiction-reconsidering Japan's militaristic past

Dr Matthew Funaiole

In this new FPC Briefing Dr Matthew Funaiole takes the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Pacific War (World War II) as an opportunity to assess the controversy in Japan about its international posture. Prime Minister Abe has in recent months repeatedly struck the nationalist war drum, leaving leaders in Beijing and Seoul increasingly worried about a resurgent Japan. While Abe's vision for Japan does circumvent the pacifist aspects of the Japanese constitution, greater understanding into Japan's imperial past is needed before evaluating Abe's policies. This briefing explores Japan's complicated relationship with the West to better understand the origins of Japanese imperialism and the lasting impact of Japan's pacifist constitution.