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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.

Past Events

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

On 11 September the Foreign Policy Centre and the Richardson Institute at the University of Lancaster hosted a conference entitled Saudi Arabia and Iran: The Struggle to Shape the Middle East, part of the Sectarianism, Proxies & De-sectarianisation (SEPAD) project. Since the Arab Uprisings in late 2010 and the fragmentation of regime-society relations that followed, relationships between communities have continued to degenerate across the Middle East. The existence of difference ...

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Speakers
  • Dr Simon Mabon, Lancaster University
  • Professor Toby Dodge, LSE
  • Professor Madawi Al Rasheed, LSE
  • Dr Bassel Salloukh, Lebanese American University
  • Dr May Darwich, Durham University
  • Dr Chris Phillips, QMUL
  • Dr Rahaf Al Doughli, Lancaster University
  • Dr Eddie Wastnidge, The Open University
  • Dr Hannes Baumann, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Lucia Ardovini, Swedish Institute of International Affairs
  • Geneive Abdo, the Arabia Foundation
When
September 11, 2018
9 AM - 3PM
Where

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

The rise of illiberal civil society in the former Soviet Union

This seminar launched and discussed a new Foreign Policy Centre publication looking the growing influence of illiberal, anti-Western and socially conservative civil society groups, popular movements and political forces in five post-Soviet states (Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova), looking at who these groups are, what they are doing and why. Listen to audio recording of the event here. The event looked at the local social, cultural, historic and economic ...

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Speakers
  • Mihaela Ajder, Moldovan human rights activist and journalist
  • Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Mariam Uberi, Research Fellow ( covering Georgia), Foreign Policy Centre
  • Chair: Stephen Gethins MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Scottish National Party International Affairs and Europe Spokesperson
When
July 17, 2018
6 PM-7.30 PM
Where

Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

 

Listen to audio recording here

Free speech on trial: journalists, writers and academics under attack in Turkey

The Foreign Policy Centre, Article 19 and Reporters Without Borders are organising an important seminar to shine a spotlight on the challenges against free speech in Turkey. Since the 2016 failed coup attempt, human rights activists argue the State of Emergency measures imposed by the government have been used to silence dissent and restrict any political opposition in Turkey. While issues of censorship and media oppression predate the failed coup, numbers of ...

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Speakers
  • Figen Çalıkuşu, Mehmet Altan’s lawyer
  • Erol Önderoğlu, journalist and Reporters Without Borders’s representative in Turkey
  • Nurcan Baysal, Kurdish human rights defender and writer
  • Martin Whitfield MP, UK Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • Georgia Nash, Programme Officer, Article 19
  • Chair: Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the International Development Select Committee
When
May 22, 2018
6 PM-7:30 PM
Where

Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London, SW1A 2LW

 

The Future UK-EU Internal Security Cooperation: will the UK go from a security leader to a norm-taker?

The Aston Centre for Europe and the Foreign Policy Centre are pleased to invite you to their forthcoming policy and outreach seminar on UK-EU internal security cooperation on 19 April. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, it is now faced with having to develop new forms of cooperation with its European neighbours to fight ever more transnational security threats. As a country with a key role ...

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Speakers
  • Dr Anita Lavorgna, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Southampton
  • Dr Camino Mortera-Martinez, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform
  • Prof Christian Kaunert, Professor of Policing and Security, University of South Wales
  • Prof Elaine Fahey, Professor of Law, City University London
  • Chair: Lord Jay of Ewelme
When
April 19, 2018
6 PM- 7:30 PM
Where

Lecture Hall, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James, London, SW1Y 5AH

Bad idea: the rise of illiberal values and the exporting of repression across the former Soviet Union

The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) are delighted to host a lunchtime seminar on 12 April to conclude the initial work of the FPC’s Exporting Repression project. This event will explore the FPC’s recent research into the way in which authoritarian values are promoted and developed both within and from the countries of the former Soviet Union. It will look at how these ‘new ...

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Speakers
  • Dr David Lewis, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
  • Dr Rebecca Harms, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly
  • Jacqueline Hale, Research Fellow, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Iskra Kirova (moderator), Senior Analyst, OSEPI
When
April 12, 2018
12.00pm-2pm
Where

Open Society European Policy Institute, Rue du Trône 130, Brussels, B-1050 Belgium

Spotlight on Chechnya: Kadyrov’s crackdown on human rights

The Foreign Policy Centre and Civil Rights Defenders are organising an important seminar to shine a spotlight on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Russian Republic of Chechnya. Since coming to power in 2007 the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has imposed order in the wake of two bloody wars with Russia through a mix of lavish spending and the establishment of a brutal local dictatorship. Chechnya has long been ...

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Speakers
  • Lana Estemirova, daughter of murdered  human rights activist Natalia Estemirova
  • Oleg Orlov, Head of the ‘Hot Spots’ program, Memorial
  • Olga Sadovskaja, Deputy Head, Committee Against Torture
  • Chair: Stephen Doughty MP, Member for Cardiff South and Penarth
When
February 20, 2018
6pm-7.30pm
Where

Committee Room 11, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Opening up Russia: Access to information and the fight for transparency

The Foreign Policy Centre and ARTICLE 19 are delighted to host a Westminster seminar exploring the ways in which citizens and journalists in Russia can hold their local and national government to account. On paper Russia’s 2010 Law ‘on Providing Access to Information on the Activities of State Bodies and Bodies of Local Self-Government’ has provided citizens with the right to request and receive information, setting out a clear procedure ...

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Speakers
  • Ivan Pavlov, Human Rights Lawyer and Head of Team 29
  • Tatiana Tolsteneva, Project Coordinator, Team 29
  • Gregory Shvedov, Editor in Chief of Caucasian Knot
  • David Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, ARTICLE 19
  • Chair: Stephen Gethins MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Scottish National Party International Affairs and Europe Spokesperson
When
January 29, 2018
6pm-7.30pm
Where

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

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

This event will examine how countries, particularly in Europe, are making it more difficult for activists and others from the former Soviet Union who are at risk of persecution to seek refuge or secure asylum. It will discuss at the ways in which countries are increasingly sending those at risk back to their country of origin, sometimes misusing the concepts of ‘Internal Protection’ and ‘safe third countries’ . The event will explore the need for asylum systems to ...

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Speakers
  • Claire Rimmer Quaid, ECRE Senior Policy and Project Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  • Dr Leila Alieva, Academic Visitor, St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford
  • Dr Saipira Furstenberg, Postdoctoral fellow and Project Manager,  Central Asian Political Exiles project, University of Exeter
  • Chair: Baroness Stern CBE, Secretary, All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights
When
December 4, 2017
6pm-7.30pm
Where

Committee Room 5, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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