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> Freedom and Russian Society: In conversation with Lyudmila Ulitskaya

Attribution: Vadaro

Date: Wednesday April 20th 2011, 6pm-7.30pm (with drinks afterwards)

Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Room (off Westminster Hall), Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Chair: Con Coughlin, Executive Foreign Editor, Daily Telegraph

Respondent: Dr Rachel Polonsky, University of Cambridge and author of Molotov's Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History


The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting an 'in conversation with'-style event with the acclaimed Russian author Lyudmila Ulitskaya (her many awards include the Russian Booker and she was an International Booker nominee in 2009). Her work covers a range of issues but has a major focus on identity, particularly gender and religion and the role of Russia's intelligentsia and elites. Her books include Kukotsky Case, Daniel Stein, Translator and Medea's Children. In 2009 she attracted both controversy and acclaim with the publication of her exchange of letters with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Dialogues with Lyudmila Ulitskaya.

During this event, she will give her views on the current state of Russian society and politics, exploring the some of the undercurrents in Russian culture and how they shape the political environment and vice versa. She will also discuss the issues of political and personal freedom, with reference to the political situation in the lead up to the 2012 elections.

Download In conversation with Lyudmila Ulitskaya (140 kilobyte PDF)

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> Africa: The next frontier for a new global age? Dr Donald Kaberuka in conversation with Prof Paul Collier

Dr Donald Kaberuka

DATE: Thursday 18 November 2010

TIME: 7.00-9.00pm (with a drinks reception to start)

VENUE: Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, London SW1A 2LW (use public entrance on Victoria Embankment)

Speaker: Dr Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank

Chair: Prof Paul Collier, University of Oxford

In an age of unprecedented national austerity and global insecurity, the global balance of power has shifted from a unipolar to an increasingly multipolar world order, where new global centres of power compete for influence and resources. This transition however, has yet to take real shape and is continuing to undergo a process of evolution that has so far been neither accurately defined, nor confidently articulated. In light of this, could Africa be on the cusp of a long-awaited turning point? How best can African economies and societies navigate through these uncertain times? What does the future hold for a continent juxtaposed with some of the world's fastest growing economies on the one hand, yet on the other, burdened with what appears to be some of the most intractable global development challenges, all of which amplify the state of inequality and poverty across this vast continent?

At this FPC and Citi event, Prof Paul Collier will pose these and other questions to Dr Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank. This will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and make comments.

We expect demand to be high for this event. If you would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible by email to:

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> The end of foreign policy? A Q&A with Peter Hain

Tuesday 6 March, 2007

Rt Hon Peter Hain MP

Chair: Stephen Twigg

Kindly hosted by:

Hill & Knowlton

20 Soho Square

London W1A 1PR

About the event:

Peter Hain spoke and took questions at a packed Foreign Policy Centre discussion on "The End of Foreign Policy?" kindly hosted at the offices of Hill & Knowlton.

Since the events of September 11th, the barriers between the domestic and the international have further broken down. The old definition of "the national interest" is too narrow a guide to foreign policy in a globalised world, but we are still developing the new rules which should replace it. How can we redefine a multilateral foreign policy to encompass this new dynamic? Today's foreign policy needs to be shaped by ideas, not by events.

You can download a copy of Peter Hain's speech below

Download Peter Hain's speech to the Foreign Policy Centre (50 kilobyte PDF)