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> FPC Briefing: Governing Non-Traditional Security Threats by Transforming States- Trends and Challenges

By Dr Shahar Hameiri, Dr Lee Jones.

In this new Foreign Policy Centre Briefing, Dr Shahar Hameiri and Dr Lee Jones examine international community responses to 'non-traditional' security threats (NTS) – transboundary issues such as pandemic diseases, transnational crime, drug smuggling and people trafficking. They argue that the primary focus of the security response involves attempts to change the behaviour of individual states' domestic institutions and networking them across borders with their counterparts and international agencies. While this approach is seen as a way of avoiding international political conflict, Hameiri and Jones argue that the outcomes of these apparently technocratic interventions are shaped by domestic political struggles in target states. To attain better outcomes, the international community needs to be more aware of the domestic political impact of their interventions and build supportive coalitions with powerful domestic groups.

Download FPC Briefing: Governing Non-Traditional Security Threats (700 kilobyte PDF)


> Russia's drug users have a right to needles, methadone and dignity

By Anya Sarang.

Before Russia wrested control of the Crimean peninsula in March this year, HIV transmission rates were falling in this region, thanks to life-saving schemes offered to drug users including needle syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapies (OST), such as the provision of methadone. But since coming under Russia's draconian drug laws, these schemes have been closed down, leading to at least 20 deaths already. Russia's dangerous stance toward drug users is causing untold harm in the fight against AIDS on the streets of our own cities and towns today. A shadowy world of drug-taking and rampant HIV infection pervades some of the most vulnerable groups in our society, who are stigmatised and marginalised by a state that refuses to take responsibility for their plight.

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> Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property: Overcoming the Impasse

By James Walters, Sofia Perenyi, Phoebe Griffith. Source: Event Report

Following the disputes between Pharmaceutical companies and the governments of South Africa, Thailand and Brazil, the fourth event in the 2000-2001 Global Health lecture series tackled the issue of intellectual property in the pharmaceuticals bringing together a diverse group of senior representatives from the four key stakeholders in the debate: Adrian Otten, Director of Intellectual Property at the WTO, Chris Viehbacher, President of Pharmaceuticals GlaxoSmithKline Europe, Phil Bloomer, Director of Oxfam Cut the Cost campaign and H. E. Sergio Silva do Amaral, the Brazilian Ambassador. The panel was kindly chaired by Prof. Sebastian Lucas, Senior Lecturer at Guy's, Kings and St Thomas School of Medicine.

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Publications

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> Women and Children First: Leadership and the HIV & AIDS Crisis in Africa

[Cover of Women and Children First: Leadership and the HIV & AIDS Crisis in Africa]

Josephine Osikena

May 2009

Download Women & Children First: Leadership and the HIV & AIDS Crisis (470 kilobyte PDF)

Throughout 2008, the Foreign Policy Centre, with the support of Abbott, hosted a series of three expert roundtable discussions. The series brought together small groups of experts and specialists from government, the media, academia, the medical profession, local and international civil society, public bodies and institutions, the private sector and representatives from the diplomatic community in London. Together they explored the challenges faced by women and children, who often experience the effects of the HIV & AIDS epidemic more severely than men, particularly in Africa south of the Sahara. The areas of discussion included: building sustainable healthcare systems, child survival and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and overcoming the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV & AIDS.

This new FPC report brings together some of the key findings and conclusions drawn from the roundtables, as well as from the relevant literature, and makes some concrete recommendations for action.


Past Events

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> FPC publication launch - 'Tackling the world water crisis: Reshaping the future of foreign policy'

Tackling the world water crisis: Reshaping the future of foreign policy

Date: Thursday 3 June 2010, 4.30-6.00pm

Venue: Committee Room 3, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW

(use Cromwell Green Visitors' entrance)

Speakers:

  • Dr David Tickner, Head of Freshwater Programmes, WWF-UK
  • Dan Smith, Secretary General, International Alert
  • Claus Conzelmann, Vice President for Health, Safety and Environment, Nestlé S.A.
  • Bernice Lee, Director of Research, Energy, Environment & Resource Governance, Chatham House

Chair: Mike Wooldridge, BBC World Affairs Correspondent

With opening remarks and a vote of thanks from Baroness Margaret Jay, FPC Co-President

This new FPC publication will be launched to mark World Environment Day (5 June). The pamphlet will aim to stimulate discussion and debate amongst a wide ranging audience in an effort to promote the centrality of water on today's foreign policy agenda, particularly in light of the increasing environmental shocks and stresses presented by climate change and global population growth. In an increasingly interconnected world, where cooperation is no longer an option but an imperative, how can foreign policy inform and provide a more effective response to improving the management of freshwater while ensuring reliable and sustainable access?

Contributors to the pamphlet include: Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Professor J.A. Tony Allan, King's College, London and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); Richard Black, BBC News; Belinda Calaguas, Director of Policy & Campaigns, ActionAid; Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Financial Times, Dr Bruce Lankford, University of East Anglia; Bernice Lee, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, Chatham House; David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK; Dr Letitia A. Obeng, Chair, Global Water Partnership (GWP); Dan Smith, General Secretary, International Alert; Dr Martin R. Stuchtey, McKinsey & Company Inc.; Dr Camilla Toulmin, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); and Stephen Twigg MP, former Director, Foreign Policy Centre.

For more information, or to register, please email: events@fpc.org.uk

Download Publication launch invite - Tackling the world water crisis (260 kilobyte PDF)


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> FPC Report Launch - Women and Children First: Leadership and the HIV & AIDS Crisis in Africa

Women and Children First

Date: Tuesday 5 May 2009, 6.00-8.00pm

Venue: Committee Room 11, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Speaker: Ivan Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Chair: Stephen Twigg, Director, Foreign Policy Centre

The Foreign Policy Centre, with the support of Abbott, hosted a series of three expert roundtable discussions during 2008, to discuss and identify concrete and practical ways in which the lives of African women and girls affected by HIV & AIDS could be transformed. The areas of discussion and analysis included: building sustainable healthcare systems, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and child survival, and overcoming stigma and discrimination.

This event acted as the launch for a new FPC report which brings together the discussions and conclusions from all three roundtables, and provided an opportunity to discuss the findings. Ivan Lewis MP, the DFID Minister provided a keynote speech and contributions were also supplied by some of the roundtable participants.

The report can be found at: http://fpc.org.uk/fsblob/1042.pdf

Download Ivan Lewis MP - Keynote speech (30 kilobyte PDF)


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> Women and children first: Leadership and the HIV and AIDS crisis in Africa

The Foreign Policy Centre, with the support of Abbott UK, has hosted a series of roundtable discussions to identify concrete and practical ways in which the lives of African women and girls affected by HIV/AIDS can be transformed. The areas of discussion and analysis included: building sustainable healthcare systems, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and child survival, and stigma and discrimination.

If you would like more information about this project, or would like to receive a copy of the final report when it is published in spring 2009, please email: events@fpc.org.uk

Download Concept note - 'Women & children first' (60 kilobyte PDF)