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The Foreign Policy Centre holds events to engage the public in debates around key international affairs issues. These include seminars, conferences, keynote speeches and expert roundtables. The majority of events will take place in London but the FPC will work with partners to hold events in other UK Cities and internationally. To listen to recordings of previous events visit our Soundcloud page or click on past events. For general enquiries about our events, please email: events@fpc.org.uk.

Past Events

Contested Citizenship: Understanding national identity in the Middle East and North Africa

This event, organised by the FPC and the SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation) project at the Richardson Institute for Peace at Lancaster University, aims to examine how ten years after the Arab Uprisings, the struggle between rulers and ruled continues to shape the contours of political life across the MENA region. Central to these struggles are questions about citizenship and its capacity to order political and social life through drawing ...

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Professor Simon Mabon, Director of SEPAD and the Richardson Institute for Peace

Dr Nour Abu-Assab, co-founder and co-director of the Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration (CTDC)

James Verini, author and features writer for The New York Times Magazine

Professor Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies

Chair: Wayne David MP, Former Shadow Minister for the Middle East

Listen to an audio recording of the event here. 

When
December 13, 2021
2:00pm-3:30pm (UK time)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

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

Casey Michel, Journalist and author of ‘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

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
December 9, 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

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

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

This event will be taking place online.

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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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

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

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

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

Fragmenting states: Learning the lessons from Lebanon and Yemen

This event, organised by the FPC and the SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation) project at the Richardson Institute for Peace at Lancaster University, aims to discuss the situation in both Lebanon and Yemen to analyse what is happening, what can be done to improve matters and what can be learned from these crises to help in other conflict and post-conflict situations. The event will examine what the situation in Lebanon ...

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Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament

Lynn Maalouf, Deputy Regional Director for Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa program

Dr Ibrahim Halawi, Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway University

Nadwa Al Dawsari, Non-resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute

Listen to an audio recording of the event here 

When
November 4, 2021
2:00pm-3:30pm (UK time)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

Media Freedom in Malta: Murder, Disinformation and Legal Intimidation

Over the four years since the murder of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017, her family and friends have carried out a courageous campaign for justice. Their tenacity has resulted in bringing those accused in her murder to trial and created a wider anti-corruption movement in Maltese politics and society. Despite Caruana Galizia’s murder shining an international spotlight on the island, independent journalists have continued to face ...

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Speakers

Caroline Muscat, Editor in Chief, The Shift

Paul Caruana Galizia, journalist and son of Daphne Caruana Galizia

Rebecca Vincent, Director of International Campaigns, RSF and a member of FPC’s Advisory Council

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

Chair: Lana Estemirova, Host of The Trouble with the Truth Podcast and FPC Fellow

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
November 2, 2021
6:00pm-7:30pm (UK time)
Where

This event will be talking place on Zoom.

Anti-SLAPP Conference: Countering Legal Threats to Media Freedom

The Justice for Journalists (JFJ) Foundation and the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) are delighted to announce the first UK anti-SLAPP conference to be held on Monday 22nd November and Tuesday 23rd November 2021. Journalists around the world are facing a significant, yet often hidden, challenge to their role as public watchdogs. The use of vexatious legal threats, often referred to as Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPP), have proliferated globally in recent years. They are ...

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You can register to attend and see the full conference agenda here: anti-slappconference.info.

When
November 22, 2021
- November 23, 2021
Where

London and Online

Global Britain for an open world? Examining the importance of open societies to the UK’s ‘force for good’ ambitions

This virtual event will discuss the findings of an upcoming Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) publication entitled: Global Britain for an open world? Examining the importance of open societies to the UK’s ‘force for good’ ambitions. The event and publication seek to examine the UK’s approach to supporting open societies and show its importance in a changing world where authoritarian powers are gaining influence.   Following ...

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Speakers

Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Pro-Chancellor at Lancaster University and former Minister of State for the Middle East

Catherine Stihler, Chief Executive Officer of Creative Commons

Joe Powell, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership

Yasmine Ahmed, UK Director of Human Rights Watch

Chair: Adam Hug, Director of The Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here. 

When
October 19, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

Please register for this event on Eventbrite here.

Examining attacks on media workers in the post-Soviet region

This Foreign Policy Centre and Justice For Journalists Foundation (JFJ) event will examine the way in which journalists and other media workers in the post-Soviet region have been targeted by the authorities and others such as organised crime and nationalist groups. It will build on the findings of a recent JFJ report that showed 4,611 attacks on media workers were registered in 12 countries in the post-Soviet region (except the Baltic States) ...

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Roman Dobrokhotov, Founder and editor-in-chief of The Insider

Hanna Liubakova, Freelance journalist and researcher

Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia, ARTICLE 19

Maria Ordzhonikidze, Director of Justice for Journalists Foundation

Chair: Catherine West MP, Shadow Minister for Europe and the Americas

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
September 13, 2021
11:00am-12:30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kazakhstan

This virtual event will discuss the findings of an upcoming Foreign Policy Centre publication entitled Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kazakhstan. The event and publication seeks to comprehensively examine the present human rights situation in Kazakhstan as the country continues to navigate the post-pandemic environment and power transition between former President Nazarbayev and President Tokayev. It will look at the emerging pressures on a political settlement that ...

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Speakers

Anna Gussarova, Director of the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies (CAISS)

Dr Khalida Azhigulova, Associate Professor (Law) at Eurasian Technological University

Tatiana Chernobil, Human Rights Law Consultant

Aigerim Kamidola, Independent Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher

Chair: Adam Hug, Director of The Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
July 22, 2021
2:00pm-3:30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

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