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> The Foreign Policy Centre at the 2015 Conservative Party Conference

Tuesday 6 October - Manchester

The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a fringe event at this year's Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. Please click below to download the flyer. The event is free and open to all, however Conference accreditation WILL be required to gain access to the venue which is located inside the secure zone.

Download FPC fringe at the 2015 Conservative Party Conference (210 kilobyte PDF)


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> Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership- London second seminar

Date: Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm

Venue: Committee Room 16, House of Commons, Westminster

Speakers:

  • Mike Gapes MP, Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (Labour)
  • Laura Sandys MP (Conservative)
  • Baroness Falkner, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
  • Dr Andrew Wilson, Reader in Ukrainian Studies, UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies and Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
  • Dr Kevork Oskanian, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham and FPC Research Associate

Chair: Mary Dejevsky, Chief Editorial Writer and Columnist, The Independent

This second London seminar as part of the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership project, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK, will take stock of recent developments in the EU's relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The issue of the EU's role in the region and the influence of the Russian-led alternative the Eurasian Economic Union have been at the heart of a major geo-political upheaval. The decision by Ukraine's then President Yanukovych to reject Eastern Partnership under pressure from Russia in the summer of 2013 lit the spark for the dramatic subsequent events in that country, while Armenia made a similar switch under Russian pressure ahead of the key November 2013 Vilnius summit. This seminar will look at the key planks of the EU's approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, visa reform, funding for reform projects and political engagement.

Free copies of the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership publication will be available.

The event is free and open to all. Please RSVP to events@fpc.org.uk

Download Trouble in the Neighbourhood? London second seminar flyer (430 kilobyte PDF)


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> Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership- Edinburgh seminar

Date: Thursday 26th February 2015

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Venue: St Giles Suite, Radisson Blu Hotel, Royal Mile, 80 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

Speakers:

  • Christina McKelvie MSP, Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee, Scottish Parliament (SNP)
  • David Martin MEP, European Parliament S&D Group International Trade Coordinator(Labour)
  • Jamie McGrigor MSP(Conservative)
  • Dr Carmen Gebhard, Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh
  • Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre

Chair: David Pratt, Foreign Editor, The Herald and Sunday Herald

This Edinburgh seminar for the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership project, in partnership with the European Commission Office in Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, will take stock of recent developments in the EU's relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The issue of the EU's role in the region and the influence of the Russian-led alternative the Eurasian Economic Union have been at the heart of a major geo-political upheaval. The decision by Ukraine's then President Yanukovych to reject Eastern Partnership under pressure from Russia in the summer of 2013 lit the spark for the dramatic subsequent events in that country, while Armenia made a similar switch under Russian pressure ahead of the key November 2013 Vilnius summit. This seminar will look at the key planks of the EU's approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, visa reform, funding for reform projects and political engagement. The seminar will examine both the EU's objectives in the region and how Europe is perceived by the Eastern Partnership countries themselves, along with how the domestic political situation in EU member states (most notably the UK) and the Eastern Partners shapes the relationship.

The seminar will also act as the Scottish launch event for the new publication Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership. Free copies will be available.

The seminar is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to events@fpc.org.uk

Download Trouble in the Neighbourhood? Edinburgh flyer (450 kilobyte PDF)


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> Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership- Birmingham seminar

Date: Tuesday 17th February 2015

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Venue: Muirhead Tower Room 121, Edgbaston Campus,University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister (Labour)
  • James Carver MEP, European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (UKIP)
  • Dr Kataryna Wolczuk, Reader in Politics and International Studies, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Rilka Dragneva-Lewers, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Kevork Oskanian, Research Fellow, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham

Chair: Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre

This Birmingham seminar for the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership project, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK and the University of Birmingham, will take stock of recent developments in the EU's relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The issue of the EU's role in the region and the influence of the Russian-led alternative the Eurasian Economic Union have been at the heart of a major geo-political upheaval. The decision by Ukraine's then President Yanukovych to reject Eastern Partnership under pressure from Russia in the summer of 2013 lit the spark for the dramatic subsequent events in that country, while Armenia made a similar switch under Russian pressure ahead of the key November 2013 Vilnius summit. This seminar will look at the key planks of the EU's approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, visa reform, funding for reform projects and political engagement. The seminar will examine both the EU's objectives in the region and how Europe is perceived by the Eastern Partnership countries themselves, along with how the domestic political situation in EU member states (most notably the UK) and the Eastern Partners shapes the relationship.

Free copies of the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership publication will be available.

The seminar is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to events@fpc.org.uk

Download Trouble in the Neighbourhood? Birmingham flyer (490 kilobyte PDF)


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> Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership- London launch

Date: Tuesday 10th February 2015

Time: 6.30pm-8.00pm

Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Houses of Parliament

Speakers:

  • David Bakradze, Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition,Georgia
  • John Whittingdale MP, Chairman, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and Chair, All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova (Conservative)
  • Dr Kataryna Wolczuk, Reader in Politics and International Studies, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Edward Lucas, Energy, Commodities and Natural Resources editor, The Economist
  • Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre

Chair: Gemma Doyle MP, Shadow Defence Minister (Labour)

This launch event for the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership project, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK, will take stock of recent developments in the EU's relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The issue of the EU's role in the region and the influence of the Russian-led alternative the Eurasian Economic Union have been at the heart of a major geo-political upheaval. The decision by Ukraine's then President Yanukovych to reject Eastern Partnership under pressure from Russia in the summer of 2013 lit the spark for the dramatic subsequent events in that country, while Armenia made a similar switch under Russian pressure ahead of the key November 2013 Vilnius summit. This seminar will look at the key planks of the EU's approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, visa liberalisation, funding for reform projects and political engagement.

The seminar will act as the London launch event for the new publication Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership. Free copies will be available.

The seminar is free and open to all. Please RSVP to events@fpc.org.uk

Download Trouble in the Neighbourhood? London launch flyer (430 kilobyte PDF)


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> What role can financial inclusion play in driving employment-led growth?

supported by Barclays

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

Financial inclusion and jobs: Drivers of development and growth in Africa?

How might improving the access, distribution and use of a wide range of affordable and appropriate financial services and products (financial inclusion) facilitate job creation and stimulate balanced economic growth across Africa? In addition, how might the private sector build partnerships to champion strong leadership, sustainable innovation and responsible engagement in order to help develop an enabling environment where universal financial inclusion and employment-led growth can thrive?

FPC Roundtable series: Building an agenda for action to shape a post-2015 development agenda

At a series of three roundtable discussions and through the publication of a report supported by Barclays, the Foreign Policy Centre seeks to explore how greater financial inclusion has the potential to help drive the development of new businesses and new jobs, thereby igniting development transformation across Africa. In an effort to support action to help redefine the international development agenda post-2015, the event series seeks to explore the interface between financial inclusion and employment creation – two pressing global public policy priorities.

The event series is scheduled to take place during February 2014 to June 2014. Following the roundtable discussion series, the FPC will produce a report (to be launched in the autumn/winter of 2014) that will build on the discussions and insights exchanged during the course of the event series. The report will capture the salient issues discussed and key findings identified.

Should you have any queries about this event series, please feel free to contact the FPC on events@fpc.org.uk.

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> The Foreign Policy Centre at the 2014 Conservative Party Conference

The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a fringe event at this year's Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. Please click below to download the flyer. The event is open to all and there is no need to pre-register or to obtain Conference accreditation.

Download The Foreign Policy Centre at the 2014 Party Conferences (140 kilobyte PDF)


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> The Foreign Policy Centre at the 2014 Labour Party Conference

The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a fringe event at this year's Labour Party Conference in Manchester. Please click below to download the flyer. The event is open to all and there is no need to pre-register or to obtain Conference accreditation.

Download The Foreign Policy Centre at the 2014 Party Conferences (140 kilobyte PDF)


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> Human Rights in Iran: taking stock on the 5th anniversary of the 'Green Movement'

Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm

Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Houses of Parliament

Speakers:

  • Prof Payam Akhavan, Associate Professor of International Law, McGill University
  • Shadi Sadr, Founder, Justice for Iran
  • Nazenin Ansari, Diplomatic Editor, Kayhan London
  • Dr Hadi Enayat, Visiting Lecturer, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University)
  • Roya Kashefi, Head of the Human Rights Committee, Association of Iranian Researchers (ACI)

Chair: Jeremy Corbyn MP

June 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of the 2009 post-election uprising and the birth of the 'Green Movement' civil society phenomenon in Iran. The events of 2009 served as a meeting point for the pre-revolutionary generation of experts and activists and their post-revolutionary counterparts who are often young, tech savvy and post-ideological. However since the post-election protests were forcefully put down, both generations of activists have faced increased pressure from the security services who have tried to halt the increasing numbers of grassroots activists, networks and organisations that are working on human rights in Iran.

This seminar event will use as the basis for discussion the Foreign Policy Centre's Iran Human Rights Review project that aims to serve as a platform for the voices of both established and emerging figures involved in Iranian human rights research and activism. The event will particularly focus on the findings of the January 2014 Violence edition and the upcoming IHRR editions on the role of the UN and the concept of justice. The discussion will also touch on the findings of three previous editions on Youth, Access to Information and Religion. The panel of experts comprises some of the key contributors to these editions.

The event is free and open to all.

Please RSVP to events@fpc.org.uk

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