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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ...More info
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.
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 ...More info
See the full list of speakers here.
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 ...More info
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
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 ...More info
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.
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 ...More info
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.
Watch the livestream of this event on Zoom.
Please register here.
The impact of the war in Ukraine on the BRICS
Co-hosted by the Foreign Policy Centre 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, this webinar will examine one of the under-appreciated aspects of the Russian war against Ukraine–its impact on the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) individually and as an organisation. Our expert speakers will explore ...More info
Chair: Stewart McDonald MP, SNP MP for Glasgow South and Vice-Chair of the Ukraine APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group)
Dr Aijan Sharshenova, Research Fellow at the FPC and Bishkek-based Political Analyst
Dr Yi Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham
Dr Anuradha Chenoy, Adjunct Professor, Jindal School of Global Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University, New Delhi
Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs
Ukraine: Media freedom, disinformation and the effectiveness of calls for redress
February 2023 marks a bleak anniversary, a year since the Russian invasion into Ukraine. With no end in sight for the ongoing war, many are reflecting on the past 12 months and what further support is needed for Ukrainians as they continue their fight for freedom. This webinar, organised by the Justice for Journalists Foundation and the Foreign Policy Centre, focuses on a crucial part of any crisis – ...More info
Chair: Sir John Whittingdale OBE MP, Chair of the APPG on Media Freedom
Sergiy Tomilenko, President of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine
Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
Victoria Vdovychenko, Policy Advisor and Associate Professor at Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, current ‘Scholar at Risk’ at Aston University
Yevheniia Virlych, Editor-in-Chief of online media Kavun.city
Can Britain be a ‘force for good’ in Central Asia?
The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a webinar to explore how the UK can be a ‘force for good’ in Central Asia. After a year of political turbulence, in both Central Asia and the UK, the discussion will be an opportunity to take stock of some of the key challenges and opportunities facing Britain’s role in the region. Particularly, in relation to what it can do to support good governance, human ...More info
Prof. Kristian Lasslett, Professor at Ulster University and Co-Director Uz Investigations
Dr Khalida Azhigulova, Associate Professor at Eurasian Technological University
Dr Aijan Sharshenova, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek
Chair: Adam Hug, Director of the Foreign Policy Centre
This event will be taking place on Zoom.
How to keep Europe safe: Co-operation between the UK, Germany and beyond
This timely event, organised jointly by the Foreign Policy Centre and the Aston Centre for Europe, will bring together three key speakers to consider the security challenges facing the UK and Europe in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the potential opportunities for, and obstacles to, co-operation between the UK, Germany and more widely to address them. Speakers: – Rt Hon John Healey MP: John Healey is Shadow ...More info
Rt Hon John Healey MP
Baroness Catherine Ashton GCMG, PC
Nils Schmid MdB
Moderated by Dr. Ed Turner
Portcullis House, London, SW1A 2JR
The UK as a ‘force for good’ in Myanmar?
The Foreign Policy Centre is hosting a webinar to explore what measures the UK can undertake in relation to the crisis in Myanmar. The Foreign Policy Centre’s (FPC) programme on ‘Finding Britain’s role in a changing world’ examines Britain’s foreign policy with a focus on its aim to be a ‘force for good’ in the world. The 2021 Integrated Review signalled an important geopolitical shift – the ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’ ...More info
Khin Ohmar, Founder and Chair of Progressive Voice
Saw Nanda Hsue, Advocacy Coordinator for the Karen Human Rights Group
Chris Gunness, Director of the Myanmar Accountability Project
Martin Smith, Independent analyst, trustee of the Prospect Burma educational charity and senior advisor to the Transnational Institute
Chair: Catherine West MP, Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific
This event will be taking place on Zoom.