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Saudi Arabia and Iran: The Struggle to Shape the Middle East

The fractious rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran and its impact on the Middle East.


The rise of illiberal civil society in the former Soviet Union?

Charting the rise of illiberal groups in Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan.


Closing the Door: the challenge facing activists from the former Soviet Union seeking asylum or refuge

The challenge facing activists from the former Soviet Union seeking asylum or refuge.

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Shrinking space for civil society

Across the world independent civil society is coming under growing pressure from governments made uncomfortable by their work.

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Illusive Peace: 25 years of unresolved conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the cease fire agreement in the conflict over the former Autonomous Oblast of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority area within Azerbaijan during the Soviet-era. The brutal war that ended in May 1994 has been replaced by a bitter stalemate, a ceasefire that is regularly broken by bouts of violence along the line of contact that sees scores of soldiers and civilians killed each year. Seven neighbouring ...

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Dr Laurence Broers, Caucasus Programme Director, Conciliation Resources

Dr Leila Alieva, SCR member, St Anthony’s College Oxford

Olesya Vartanyan, EU Neighbourhood Analyst, International Crisis Group

Thorniké Gordadzé, Institute of Higher National Defence Studies

Chair: Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre

June 5, 2019

Normandy World Peace Forum, Caen, Abbaye-aux-Dames, France

Taking back control? How Russia, the UK and EU member states are seeking to regulate the internet

This Foreign Policy Centre and Article 19 seminar seeks to examine the similarities and differences between the approach being taken by Russia, the UK and a number of EU member states in managing the online lives of their citizens. The event will explore ways to tackle challenges related to protection of freedom of expression online. The seminar will examine how Roskomnadzor, the Russian state censorship agency, operates a blacklist of websites and ...

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Vicky Ford MP, Science and Technology Select Committee, APPG on Cyber Security

Sarkis Darbinyan, Co-Founder of Roskomsvoboda and Head of the Digital Rights Center

Alexander Isavnin, Internet Protection Society

Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director for Law and Policy, Article 19

James Ball, Author and Journalist

Chair: Ian Lucas MP, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

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June 18, 2019

Committee Room 8, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Spotlight on Turkmenistan

This Foreign Policy Centre event is seeking to explore Turkmenistan, perhaps the least well known or understood of the Central Asian states. It will focus on how the country is being governed and what this means for the rule of law, corruption, the economy and human rights in Turkmenistan, while analysing its relations with neighbours and the international community.   Turkmenistan is currently in the midst of an economic crisis ...

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Nigel Mills MP, Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption

Ruslan Myatiev, Editor and Founder, Alternative Turkmenistan News

Eimear O’Casey, Central Asia Researcher, Control Risks

Dr Luca Anceschi, Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Studies, University of Glasgow

Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre


Chair: Baroness Vivien Stern, Vice-Chair, Human Rights APPG

July 15, 2019

IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) Room, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

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