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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 YouTube page or click on past events. For general enquiries about our events, please email:

Past Events

Tackling SLAPPs: A critical frontier in the global fight against corruption

Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) have proliferated globally, often deployed by those trying to shut down investigations into corruption. These abusive legal actions can stop stories in their tracks, punish journalists/activists and delay or prevent wrongdoing from coming to light. This workshop will highlight SLAPP cases, as well as profile the work of UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition and the Coalition against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE), which has already resulted in ...

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Paul Radu, Investigative journalist and Co-founder of OCCRP

Angela Mattli, Joint Managing Director of Commodities, Trade & Finance at Public Eye 

Eleanor Rose, Enablers Editor at The Bureau for Investigative Journalists (TBIJ)

Henri Thulliez, Executive Director of PPLAAF

Susan Coughtrie, Co-chair of the UK Anti-SLAPP Coalition and Director of the Foreign Policy Centre

Moderator: Matthew Caruana Galizia, Journalist and Co-founder of The Daphne Foundation

June 20, 2024
8:30-10:00 Vilnius, Lithuania Time

Lithuania Convention Centre (LITEXPO), as part of the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC). 

EU Elections 2024: Expert Debrief and Q&A

The results of the June 2024 European Parliament elections may have far-reaching impacts upon the EU, its neighbourhood and globally, as the Parliament will shape EU policies on topics from the economy and climate to defence. They are also an important barometer of public opinion, with the performance of right-wing, populist parties in particular being closely watched.   This webinar, co-organised by the Foreign Policy Centre and Aston University, provided ...

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Dr Johannes Lindner, Co-Director of the Jacques Delors Centre

Professor Sofia Vasilopoulou, Professor of European Politics at King’s College London

David Harley, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the European Parliament and a Member of FPC’s Advisory Council

Chair: Dr Ed Turner, Aston University and FPC Senior Research Fellow

June 20, 2024
13:00-14:00 UK Time | 14:00-15:00 CET

Online discussion.

What does the future hold for the US and UK’s ‘Special Relationship’? Examining the transatlantic partnership in the year of elections

The ‘special relationship’ between the United States and United Kingdom has often been lauded by successive Presidents and Prime Ministers, keen to underscore a closely fostered partnership. The two countries have shared significant ties, militarily, economically and culturally, and have often acted in lock-step on the international stage.   Yet in recent years, the special relationship has been tested by numerous global crises and diverging domestic political landscapes. Upcoming elections ...

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Keynote: Sir Peter Westmacott


Professor Michael Cox (LSE IDEAS)

Dr Julie Norman (UCL)

Rosa Prince (POLITICO)

Chair: Professor Mark Webber

June 6, 2024
18:30 - 21:00

The Assembly Room, The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2DR

Places are limited so early registration is advisable and necessary. Please register here.

The Transatlantic Partnership: The impact of elections, conflicts and changing world order on US-UK relations

Six months out from the United States Presidential Elections, with Parliamentary elections also imminent in the United Kingdom, join us for an evening of discussion as to what the transatlantic partnership between these two countries means today.   What will be the likely impact of the potential outcomes of the US/UK elections, and how are relations already shifting in a time of conflict and changing world order? Will the ‘special ...

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Chair: Baroness Northover, Member of the Foreign Policy Centre’s Political Council

Anthony T. Silberfeld, Director, Transatlantic Relations, Bertelsmann Foundation 

Dr Thomas Eason, Lecturer of Politics and International Relations in the Department of Politics, History, and International Relations, Aston University

Lois Toole, Senior Policy & Programme Manager, Coalition for Global Prosperity

Prashant Rao, Senior Editor, Semafor

With opening remarks from Susan Coughtrie, Director of the Foreign Policy Centre.

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May 14, 2024
18:30 - 20:00, followed by a drinks reception until 21:00

Houses of Parliament

PR & Communication Agencies and Kleptocracy

The PR business in the UK has grown significantly over the last several decades, becoming an industry generating billions annually. But what are the dangers and dilemmas that face PR firms and communication agencies when their clients are from kleptocratic jurisdictions?   PR can be used constructively, encompassing, in the words of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations, the “planned and sustained effort to establish and maintain goodwill and mutual ...

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Opening remarks from Alastair McCapra, CEO of The Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Tom Mayne, Research Fellow, University of Oxford and author of the new report ‘PR & Communication Agencies and Kleptocracy’

Farzana Baduel, CEO of Curzon PR

Franz Wild, Editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Chair: Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

Please email if interested in attending the event.

March 4, 2024
6:30pm-8:00pm UK time

Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

SLAPPs: an ongoing threat to freedom of expression

SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) are a powerful weapon against freedom of expression. These types of abusive lawsuits – or the threat of them – are used by a private party with the purpose of silencing critical speech, in an effort to evade scrutiny of an issue in the public interest.   It’s not just journalists who are at risk; anybody, including those publicly reporting cases of sexual assault ...

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Caroline Kean, Wiggin

Nina Cresswell, Writer

Peter Apps, Inside Housing

Simon Dowson-Collins, HarperCollins UK

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald, OSF

Please register for this event here.

July 18, 2023
7:00PM - 8:30PM

The Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International UK 25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA

3rd UK Anti-SLAPP Conference: Tracking Implementation

  The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), the Justice for Journalists Foundation (JFJ) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) are delighted to announce the third edition of the UK Anti-SLAPP Conference to be held on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November 2023, both online and in-person in London.   We are pleased that we will also be joined this year by the Thomson Reuters Foundation as a supporting ...

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See the full list of speakers here.

November 27, 2023
November 28, 2023

London & Online

One Year On: Global Action on Freedom of Religion or Belief

One year on from the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), hosted in London, this timely discussion outlines the lessons UK foreign policy can learn from global approaches to the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities.  This event, organised by the Foreign Policy Centre and Aston Centre for Europe, will look at the outcomes from other international approaches, following on from the ...

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John Kinahan, Assistant Editor at Forum 18

Dr Anne Jenichen, Senior Lecturer at the Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University

Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi, Reader at the Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University

Chair: Susan Coughtrie, Director of the Foreign Policy Centre

July 4, 2023
6:00pm-7:30pm (UK time)

Online discussion, please register for the Zoom details here.

The impact of the war in Ukraine on connectivity in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus

This webinar, hosted by the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham, in cooperation with the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, will explore one of the ‘under-appreciated’ impacts of the war in Ukraine: the disruption of overland connectivity through the Northern Corridor and the potential opportunities this has created for other routes, particularly the so-called ...

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Chair: Craig Oliphant, FPC Senior Advisor

Professor Rilka Dragneva-Lewers, International Legal Studies, University of Birmingham

Professor Giray Sadik, European Studies Research Center, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University

Iulian Groza, Executive Director of the Institute for European Policies and Reform

Dr Leila Alieva, Affiliate of Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University School for Global and Area Studies

With a short intervention from Stefan Wolff, Professor of International Security and Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.

May 23, 2023
10am-11:30am UK Time

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

Please register for this event here.

SLAPPs—a threat to liberal democracy?

The issue of SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) has exploded into the political and news agenda over the past couple of years. SLAPPS may be a relatively new term in the UK, but it encapsulates for many a far longer-standing problem for British journalism. That is that the UK’s libel (as well as privacy and data protection) laws are regularly misused to shut down public interest reporting, stifling public ...

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Carole Cadwalladr is a British author and investigative journalist.

Gavin Millar KC is a media law specialist, representing media outlets, journalists and politicians.

Alan Rusbridger (Chair), is editor of Prospect and former editor-in-chief of The Guardian.

May 16, 2023
7:00 - 8:00 pm BST

Watch the livestream of this event on Zoom.

Please register here.

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