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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

Finding Britain’s role in a changing world: building a values based foreign policy

This Foreign Policy Centre and Oxfam event will launch our new collection of short essays that seeks to re-examine and re-imagine the UK’s foreign policy and discuss its findings about how Britain can best respond to global challenges. The collection of essays features the panellists listed, as well as Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP (Chair of the Defence Select Committee), Caroline Lucas MP (former Green Party Leader), Stephen Twigg (former ...

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Speakers

Baroness Anelay, Chair of the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Select Committee

Lord McConnell, Former First Minister of Scotland

Theo Clarke MP, Member of the International Development Select Committee

Dr Emily Jones, Global Economic Governance Programme, Blavatnik School of Government at University of Oxford

Danny Sriskandarajah, Chief Executive, Oxfam GB

Chair: Adam Hug, Director, The Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
March 3, 2020
6-7:30pm
Where

Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

Getting to the truth: Using open source data to defend human rights

From videos of rights violations, to satellite images of environmental degradation, to eyewitness accounts disseminated on social media, human rights practitioners have access to more data today than ever before. Modern technology—and the enhanced access it provides to information about abuse—has the potential to revolutionise both human rights reporting, and documentation, as well as the pursuit of legal accountability. However, these new methods for information gathering and dissemination, have also ...

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Speakers

Chris Bryant MP

Dr Alexa Koenig, Executive Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of California Berkeley

Sam Dubberley, Special Advisor to the Evidence Lab at Amnesty International

Dr Daragh Murray, Senior Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Essex

Chair: Anne Koch, Program Director at the Global Investigative Journalism Network

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
February 25, 2020
6pm-7:30pm
Where

Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

Coming to terms with Kosovo’s past: civil society, transitional justice and historical accounting

This Foreign Policy Centre seminar, in partnership with the University of Lancaster, will look at the role played by non-state actors and particularly journalists in re-establishing a shared historical record in post-conflict societies, with a particular focus on Kosovo. In a Kosovan context where state-sponsored initiatives for transitional justice may lack capacity and struggle to gain the confidence of all communities, this seminar will examine the vital role journalists and ...

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Speakers

Baroness Helic, Board Member, Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court

Professor James A. Sweeney, Centre for International Law and Human Rights (CILHR), University of Lancaster

Dr Birte Julia Gippert, University of Liverpool

Dr Florian Qehaja, Chair of the Board, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies

Chair: Adam Hug, Director, The Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

 

When
January 21, 2020
6pm-7.30pm
Where

Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London, SW1A 2JR

 

The Gulf States: An Aspired Future

We are pleased to confirm we are taking part in an all-day conference covering political reform, human rights and media freedom in the Gulf, alongside ALQST: Advocating for Human Rights, DIWAN LONDON, SALAM: For Democracy and Human Rights, Muwatin Media Network and Lancaster University. This event aims to identify some of the main challenges facing the region, from undemocratic governance to a lack of civic space and free press, highlighting ...

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Speakers

Dr James Worrall, University of Leeds

Yahya Assiri, ALQST

Dr Simon Mabon, Lancaster University

Rhodri Davies, Writer & journalist

Adel Marzooq, Gulf House

Safa Al Ahmad, Filmmaker

Bill Law, The Gulf Matters

Juliet Wells, Temple Garden Chambers

Dr Marc Valeri,University of Exeter

Anwar Rasheed, Gulf Forum for Civil Society Organisations

Drewery Dyke, Rights Realization Centre

Dr Haifaa Khalafallah, Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies

Sheikha Aljasim, Kuwait University

Taif Al Khudary, LSE Middle East Center

Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International

Tara Reynor O’Grady, SALAM

Mohammed al-Fazari, Muwatin Media Network

Matthew Hedges, Durham University

Jawad Fairooz, SALAM

Josh Cooper, ALQST and SALAM

Sahar al-Faifi, Civil rights activist

Adam Hug, Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
November 16, 2019
09:30-18:00
Where

The Yaa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 2AN

 

Human Rights Behind Unsettled Borders

The situation of human rights in de facto states of Europe such as Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria and South Ossetia often stay outside of the spotlight of the international attention. In order to shed light on current situation in de facto states, the side-event will gather speakers who directly work on the ground and can share first-hand experience of existing challenges and available means of solution. There will also be a ...

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Speakers

Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre

Kirill Koroteev, Lawyer, Agora

Ilya Nuzov, Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk, FIDH

Gayane Hambardzumyan, Human Rights Activist, Nagorno-Karabakh

Asida Lomia , Human rights activist, Abkhazia

Emil Andre Erstad, The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (Moderator)

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
September 26, 2019
18:00-19:15
Where

Meeting Room 1 (PGE Narodowy), Warsaw National Stadium, OSCE HDIM

Solutions to Sectarianism? Examining efforts at ‘de-sectarianisation’ across the Middle East

On 10 September the Foreign Policy Centre and the Richardson Institute at the University of Lancaster hosted a conference entitled Solutions to Sectarianism? Examining efforts at ‘de-sectarianisation’ across the Middle East, part of the Sectarianism, Proxies & De-sectarianisation (SEPAD) project. The conference explored the role of sectarian identities in an increasingly complex and fluid Middle East. It seeked to move forward from the analysis of the regional situation provided by ...

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Speakers

Dr Simon Mabon, Lancaster University

Dr Morten Valbjørn, Aarhus University

Samira Nasirzadeh, Lancaster University

Dr Edward Wastnidge, Open University

Adam Hug, Foreign Policy Centre

Professor Toby Dodge, LSE

Fanar Haddad, National University of Singapore

Ana Maria Kumarasamy, Lancaster University

Dr Staci Strobl, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Thomas Fibiger, Aarhus University

Drewery Dyke, Rights Realisation Centre

Anne Kirstine Rønn, Aarhus University

Dr Bassel Salloukh, Lebanese American University

Simona Sikimic-French, Islamic Relief

Dr Sana Al Sarghali, An-Najah National University

Dr Mohammad Yaghi, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

When
September 10, 2019
9am - 3pm
Where

Work Foundation, 21 Palmer St, Westminister, London SW1H 0AD

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 that ...

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Speakers

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

Ruslan Myatiev, Editor and Founder, Turkmen 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 Stern, Vice-Chair, Human Rights APPG

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
July 15, 2019
6pm-7.30pm
Where

Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

In Defence of Multilateralism

Britain’s place in the world, and its future role internationally are the subject to both great uncertainty and increased scrutiny in the context of the Brexit Debate. Britain’s political class are divided over whether it will further erode and diminish our global influence or whether it will spark a new ‘Global Britain’ approach, enhancing our international prestige and renewing our relationships. It is a debate taking place against the backdrop ...

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Speakers

Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Lord Peter Ricketts, Former UK National Security Advisor and Former Permanent Under Secretary at the FCO

Dr Marina Prentoulis, Senior Lecturer at the UEA, National Committee for Another Europe is Possible and FPC Research Fellow

Chair: Steve Bloomfield, Deputy Editor of Prospect Magazine

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
July 9, 2019
6pm-7.30pm
Where

Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London, SW1A 2JR

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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Speakers

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

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
June 18, 2019
6pm-7.30pm
Where

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

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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Speakers

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

Dr Thorniké Gordadzé, Institute of Higher National Defence Studies

Chair: Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre

When
June 5, 2019
3.45pm-5pm
Where

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

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