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Examining the importance of open societies to the UK’s ‘force for good’ ambitions.

19/10/21
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Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kazakhstan

Part of the ‘Retreating Rights’ publication series.

22/07/21

Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Tajikistan

Part of the ‘Retreating Rights’ publication series.

17/05/21

Global Britons: Understanding the unique British communities in Brussels and Washington DC

This report focuses on two unusual but strategically important British communities overseas.

14/04/21
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Finding Britain’s role in a changing world

What do the challenges, posed by both ‘Brexit’ and an increasingly volatile world, mean for the UK now and for its future.

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Events

Fostering inclusive growth to ‘level up’ the UK: Lessons from the Basque Country

Fostering inclusive growth in order to ‘level up’ prosperity across the UK and reduce regional inequality has become an important policy agenda for the UK Government. There remain many questions, however, regarding how exactly this can be achieved. This Aston Centre for Europe and Foreign Policy Centre event seeks to extract lessons from the Basque Country, a region in northern Spain renowned for its inclusive economic transformation, and to share ...

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Speakers

Dr Edurne Magro, Senior Researcher at Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness

Bill Murray OBE, Adviser, Global Counsel; Former Head of Economics and Public Policy at the British Embassy in Spain

Dr Igor Calzada, Senior Researcher, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), Cardiff University; Urban Transformations ESRC & Future of Cities Programme, University of Oxford; UN-Habitat – Digital Transformation in Urban Areas

Henriette Lyttle-Breukelaar, Director of Economic Strategy, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

Chair: Dr Caroline Gray, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston University

Please register for this event on Eventbrite here.

When
November 29, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

A ‘Force for Good’?: Examining UK engagement in Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries

This virtual event will discuss the findings of an upcoming Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and the Peaceful Change Initiative (PCi) publication. The event and publication seek to re-examine the UK’s presence in fragile and conflict affected countries (FCACs) around the world at a time of continuing global geopolitical competition and added fragilities generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of climate change. The publication will address the questions of ...

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Speakers

Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP, former International Development Secretary

Fleur Auzimour Just, CEO of Peaceful Change Initiative

Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Dr Naho Mirumachi, Reader in Environmental Politics at Kings College London

Tim Molesworth, Senior Adviser, Conflict Sensitivity and Peace Technology at Peaceful Change Initiative

Please register for this event on Eventbrite here.

When
December 6, 2021
3:00pm-4:30pm (UK time)
Where

This event will be taking place online.

Unsafe for Scrutiny: How unchecked kleptocracy is undermining media freedom and eroding democracy

This webinar, held on International Anti-Corruption Day, will explore what can be done by the US, UK and other governments to push back against kleptocracy as well examine the ongoing challenges for journalists working to expose corruption facilitated through Western financial and legal systems.   Background Successive global journalistic investigations, including the recent Pandora Papers, have increasingly uncovered the extent of global ‘kleptocracy’. Political and business elites from countries with limited democratic ...

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Speakers

Catherine Belton, Journalist and author of ‘Putin’s People’

Casey Michel, Journalist and author of upcoming book ‘American Kleptocracy’

Maria Ordzhonikidze, Director of the Justice for Journalists Foundation

Dr Sue Hawley, Executive Director of Spotlight on Corruption

Chair: Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of APPG on Anti-Corruption & Responsible Tax

Please register for this event on Eventbrite here.

When
December 9, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

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