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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: events@fpc.org.uk.

Past Events

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.

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

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

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

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

Online discussion, please register for the Zoom details here.

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 – ...

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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

When
March 1, 2023
15:00-16:00 London (16:00-17:00 Brussels; 17:00-18:00 Kyiv)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

Please register for this event here.

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 ...

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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

When
December 15, 2022
11:00am-12:00pm UK time
Where

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 ...

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Rt Hon John Healey MP

Baroness Catherine Ashton GCMG, PC

Nils Schmid MdB

Moderated by Dr. Ed Turner

When
December 7, 2022
6:00pm-7:30pm (UK time)
Where

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’ ...

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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

Please register for this event here.

When
November 24, 2022
9:30am-11:00am UK Time
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

The Great Enabler: SLAPPs, Sanctions & the UK’s Kleptocracy Problem

The current reforms proposed by the UK Government to address SLAPPs (strategic lawsuits against public participation) have been widely seen as a part of their response to the ongoing war in Ukraine. While interest in SLAPPs had already been growing, the Ministry of Justice launched their call for evidence on SLAPPs in March 2022, just two weeks after the Russian invasion started.   Speakers will discuss what, if anything, has ...

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Catherine Belton, Investigative journalist and author of Putin’s People

Galina Arapova, Media Defence Lawyer, Russia

Franz Wild, Editor, The Enablers Project, The Bureau for Investigative Journalists

Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the APPG on Anti-Corruption and Responsible Tax

Chair: Edward Lucas, Author, European and transatlantic security consultant and fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)

Register to attend online on Eventbrite

When
November 29, 2022
6:00pm-7:30pm UK Time
Where

London and Online

Azerbaijan: SLAPPs, media freedom and the prevention of ‘open justice’

Join us for a discussion on media freedom and democracy through the lens of reporting on the Azerbaijani Laundromat.   SLAPPs (strategic lawsuits against public participation) are frequently part of a much bigger picture – one about censorship and corruption, not just abroad, but increasingly in the UK too. This event will highlight the impact that the UK’s facilitation of corrupt wealth stolen by elites in autocratic regimes has on ...

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Khadija Ismayilova, Independent investigative journalist, Azerbaijan

Paul Radu, Investigative journalist, Co-founder and Chief of Innovation, OCCRP

Dr Susan Hawley, Executive Director, Spotlight on Corruption

Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor, Evening Standard

Chair: Susan Coughtrie, Deputy Director, Foreign Policy Centre

Register to attend online on Eventbrite

When
November 28, 2022
6:00pm-7:30pm UK Time
Where

London and Online

Daphne: Inspiring an Anti-SLAPP movement across Europe

The Daphne Festival marks the fifth anniversary since the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. When Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in October 2017, she had 47 open libel cases against her, highlighting the pressure of legal threats against investigative journalists. In the five years since, movements have sprung up across Europe to tackle SLAPPs (strategic lawsuits against public participation) leading to the creation of an EU Anti-SLAPP Directive and a ...

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Corinne Vella is the sister of Daphne Caruana Galiza and she leads The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation’s media relations and edits Taste & Flair

Clare Rewcastle Brown, Investigative journalist and founder of the Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak

Caroline Kean, Media Defence Lawyer and Founding Partner of law firm Wiggin

Susan Coughtrie, Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy Centre

Franz Wild, Editor of the Enablers Project at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Chair: Ruth Smeeth, CEO of Index on Censorship

Further details and tickets can be found here.

When
October 12, 2022
7:00pm - 8:30pm UK Time
Where

St John’s Church, Waterloo

73 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY

Dividing Lines: Reimagining Social Division in ‘Divided Societies’

This SEPAD project and the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) event and publication launch, Dividing Lines: Reimagining Social Division in ‘Divided Societies’, will bring together a range of experts to examine the similarities and differences across ‘divided societies’, using the concept of sectarianism to better understand efforts to address division across the world. It will explore the concept of sectarianism in peacebuilding and the resulting effects that have emerged from this process in ...

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Professor John Nagle (Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast)

Dr Emanuelle Degli Esposti (Research and Outreach Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge)

Professor Simon Mabon (Director of SEPAD and Professor of International Relations, Lancaster University)

Chair: Bambos Charalambous MP (Shadow Foreign Office Minister for Middle East & North Africa)

When
July 19, 2022
6:00pm-7:30pm (UK time)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

Systems not symptoms: Tackling the root causes of the global health crisis

This event will examine how best to strengthen health systems in developing countries and the role the UK can play in supporting such initiatives.   The Government’s 2021 Integrated Review identified Global Health as one of its 12 strategic framework areas that will see a new British approach. Under the heading ‘Global Health’ it states that ‘we will work to strengthen global health security, including through the Prime Minister’s five-point plan to bolster ...

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Chair: Preet Kaur Gill MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Dr Neema Kaseje, Founding Director of the Surgical Systems Research Group in Kisamu, Kenya and a visiting surgeon for Kids Operating Room and for Doctors Without Borders

Ben Simms, CEO of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)

Professor Dina Balabanova, Professor of Health Systems and Policy at LSHTM

Listen to an audio recording of the event here. 

When
June 28, 2022
6:00pm-7:30pm (UK time)
Where

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Room, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

Defending Press Freedom in Times of Tension and Conflict

UK launch of the Safety of Journalists Platform 2022 Annual Report.   This event is being hosted by the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Safety of Journalists Platform, the mechanism which reports on serious threats to the safety of journalists and media freedom in Europe, and the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC). The event is the UK launch for the Safety of Journalists Platform’s 2022 Annual Report. The report examines the key ...

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Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament

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

William Horsley, Media Freedom Representative of the Association of European Journalists

Jessica Ní Mhainín, Policy & Campaigns Manager, Index on Censorship

Chair: Susan Coughtrie, Project Director at the FPC

Listen to an audio recording of the event here. 

When
May 18, 2022
6:00pm-7:30pm (UK time)
Where

Committee Room 8, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

Stopping SLAPPs: legal threats to media freedom and what the UK should do to prevent them

Last month, the UK Government launched a consultation to address SLAPPs (strategic lawsuits against public participation), highlighting the extent to which legal threats have become a key issue for media freedom in 2022. SLAPPs are brought by the powerful and wealthy, eager to avoid scrutiny, to intimidate journalists into either not publishing or removing information from the public domain and penalize them for critical reporting. The use of this tactic ...

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Clare Rewcastle Brown, independent journalist and founder of The Sarawak Report

Paul Caruana Galizia, reporter at Tortoise Media and co-founder of The Daphne Foundation

Peter Geoghegan, Editor-in-Chief at openDemocracy and author of Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics

Susan Coughtrie, Project Director at the Foreign Policy Centre and co-chair of UK anti-SLAPP coalition

Charlie Holt, Lawyer, Campaigns Advisor at English PEN and co-chair of UK anti-SLAPP coalition

Caroline Kean, Media Defence Lawyer and Founder of law firm Wiggin

Chair: Sarah Clarke, Head of Europe and Central Asia at ARTICLE 19

Listen to an audio recording of the event here. 

When
April 25, 2022
7pm-8:30pm UK time
Where

Frontline Club and online

India and the UK: Tensions between values and interests

In June 2021, the UK hosted the expanded G7 summit, including India, South Korea and Australia. There is speculation that this was a prelude to the creation of a ‘D10’, a new alignment of major democracies to uphold liberal values and a rules-based multilateralism and international order. India is undoubtedly a democracy but the quality of its liberal democratic credentials has been seriously questioned, most notably by the V-Dem Democracy ...

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Amitabh Behar, CEO of Oxfam India

Rita Manchanda, Research Director at South Asia Forum for Human Rights

Professor Kate Sullivan de Estrada, Associate Professor at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies

Dr Heewon Kim, Lecturer at Aston University

Chair: Stephen Timms MP

Please register for this event here.

When
April 21, 2022
10:30am-12:00pm (UK time)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

Making their voices heard: Relations between the UK’s nations and regions and the EU post-Brexit

This event, co-organised by the Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) and the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) will explore the practice and scope of Britain’s new ‘paradiplomacy’ towards the EU in the wake of Brexit. It seeks to develop a stronger understanding of an effective multi-level engagement with the EU and European partners post-Brexit, and offers opportunities to compare and learn from best practices.   Across the world regions, cities and ...

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Stephen Gethins, Former MP and Professor of Practice in International Relations at University of St Andrews

Dr Kirsty Hughes, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, former Director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations

Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Director of the Wales Governance Centre and Dean of Public Affairs at Cardiff University

Theresa Griffin, Former MEP and Senior Associate at E3G

Clare Moody, Former MEP and Co-CEO of Equally Ours

Chair: Dr Carolyn Rowe, Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe

Listen to an audio recording of the event here

When
March 28, 2022
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

This event will be taking place on Zoom.

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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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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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.

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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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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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.

Global Britain: The UK’s soft power advantage?

This seminar, organised by the FPC and British Council will present and examine the findings of the British Council’s latest soft power perceptions research with Ipsos MORI that provides evidence from 36 countries around the world around what young people think about the UK and other leading nations. It will look to what extent the UK remains a ‘soft power superpower’ (to quote the recent Integrated Review of Security, Defence, ...

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Adrian Chadwick, Director of South Asia, British Council

Bridget Williams, Research Director at Ipsos MORI

Wayne David MP, Shadow Minister for MENA

Cat Tully, Founder of the School of International Futures

Chair: Baroness Suttie, Vice Chair of the British Council APPG

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
July 15, 2021
11:00am-12:30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Don’t SLAPP the messenger

Don’t SLAPP the messenger: Why abusive legal threats and actions against journalists must be stopped Journalists are public watchdogs: by bringing information that is in the public interest to light, they help to hold power to account. But what if powerful or wealthy people wanted to keep their wrongdoings a secret? Abusive legal threats and actions, known as strategic lawsuits against public participation – or SLAPPs, are increasingly being used ...

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Annelie Östlund, financial journalist

Herman Grech, Editor in Chief of Times of Malta

Justin Borg Barthet, Senior Lecturer at University of Aberdeen

Chair: Bill Browder, Head of Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign

Please RSVP for the event here.

When
June 22, 2021
4:30pm-5:30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Shifting sands: The UK’s role in the Middle East and the changing international order

This seminar, organised by the FPC and the SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation) project at the Richardson Institute for Peace at Lancaster University, aims to look at the evolving picture across the region, looking at the key challenges on the ground, the continuing geo-strategic tensions and the impact of the Biden Administration’s policy agenda. The diplomatic dynamics are becoming increasingly complex with traditional Western allies – such as Saudi Arabia, ...

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

Professor Simon Mabon, Director of the SEPAD project and Chair in International Politics at Lancaster University

Dr Edward Wastnidge, Deputy Director of the SEPAD project and Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Studies at the Open University

Dr May Darwich, Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East at the University of Birmingham

Chair: Baroness Northover, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
June 16, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

IWPR CA and FPC: Saving our cities: citizen activism to protect housing and heritage in Central Asia

This Foreign Policy Centre, CABAR and IWPR Central Asia are hosting an online discussion that will discuss the topic of destruction of historical heritage and chaotic infill development in Central Asia. It will look at how city planning and urban development have evolved since the Soviet period, examining the similarities and differences around the region. It will look at how those in power have sought to shape the urban environment ...

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Dilmira Matyakubova, FPC Research Fellow and Co-Founder Uz Investigations

Dr. Emil Nasritdinov, AUCA Associate Professor

Xeniya Mironova, Independent Researcher

Tahmina Inoyatova, Phd candidate at School of Communications at Simon Fraser University

Adil Nurmakov, Phd candidate of Political Science, co-founder of Urban Forum Kazakhstan

Further speaker TBC

Chair: Adam Hug, Director of the FPC

Watch the video recording of the event here.

When
May 25, 2021
3:00pm-4.30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Can the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games help UK’s post-Brexit sport diplomacy get out of the starting blocks?

In summer 2022, Birmingham will be hosting the Commonwealth Games, the UK’s first ‘sport mega event’ in this post-Brexit landscape. The 2012 Olympics presented a clear positive vision of the UK as a young, dynamic and diverse country, as well as showcasing the UK’s longer term vision of its future with sustainability and legacy being a core part of the message. The 2022 Commonwealth Games present a similar opportunity to ...

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Baroness Grey-Thompson, Paralympian, Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and Broadcaster

Chris Matheson MP, Shadow Minister for Media

Neale Coleman CBE, Senior Advisor on London 2012

Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick, Lecturer at Aston Centre for Europe

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
May 18, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Tajikistan

This event examining the human rights situation in Tajikistan comes after a challenging year, with COVID-19 testing the capacity and credibility of Tajikistan’s government, conflict flaring over its border with Kyrgyzstan and concern over repression of critics at home and abroad. The challenges of the last year have compounded an already difficult situation where freedoms have been increasingly restricted and human rights undermined.   This event will launch a new ...

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Dr Edward Lemon, Research Assistant Professor, Bush School of Government and Public Service and Founder of the Oxus Society

Shoira Olimova, Community organiser and activist, International Accountability Project

Dr Parviz Mullojanov, Visiting researcher, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences – EHESS (Paris)

Dilbar Turakhanova, Independent consultant focused on gender equality issues

Chair: Adam Hug, Director, the Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
May 17, 2021
2:00pm-3:30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Suppressing Stories: How legal threats and challenges impact investigative journalism

Legal threats against journalists are far from a new phenomenon. Yet in recent years there has been a rising level of concern about the misuse of legal action to inhibit journalism, particularly by those wishing to prevent exposure of their wrong-doing as opposed to address a genuine grievance. Often described as strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPPs), the aim of such action is to intimidate journalists into not publishing information ...

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Speakers

Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services, Guardian News & Media

Franz Wild, Editor and Reporter at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Jessica Ní Mhainín, Policy & Campaigns Manager, Index on Censorship

Susan Coughtrie, Project Director, Foreign Policy Centre

Chair: Chris Matheson MP, Shadow Minister for Media

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
May 4, 2021
4:00pm-5:30pm (BST)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Investigating Corruption: US versus UK – A Widening Transatlantic Divide?

Barely into the start of 2021 and events around the world have brought the question of global corruption and the fight against it sharply into focus. Noticeable is the increasing divergence between governing authorities in the US and UK’s approach towards tackling anti-corruption and money laundering. The new Biden administration has clearly identified corruption as ‘a core national security interest’ and recent ‘historic’ legislation passed through US Congress takes aim ...

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Tom Burgis, investigative journalist at The Financial Times and author of ‘Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World’

Casey Michel, US investigative journalist and author of upcoming book ‘American Kleptocracy’

Dr Tena Prelec, Research Fellow with the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford

Dr Sue Hawley, Executive Director of Spotlight on Corruption

Chair: Susan Coughtrie, Project Director at the Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
April 20, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Building a lasting peace? Power sharing and sectarian identities in Yemen

The FPC is working again with the SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation) project at the Richardson Institute for Peace at Lancaster University on a series of virtual public seminars focused on peacebuilding in Lebanon, Bosnia, Syria and Yemen. The project will address each country situation individually but it will seek to learn from the experiences of Lebanon and Bosnia (both the successes and ongoing/growing problems) in terms of power sharing and ...

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Maysaa Shuja Al-deen, Non-resident Fellow at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies

Professor Simon Mabon, Director of the SEPAD project

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

Kate Nevens, Non-resident Consultant with the Yemen Policy Center

Chair: Wayne David MP, Shadow Minister for the Middle East and North Africa

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
March 2, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kyrgyzstan

This virtual event will discuss the findings of an upcoming Foreign Policy Centre publication entitled Retreating Rights: Examining the pressure on human rights in Kyrgyzstan. The speed, scope and outcome of the political upheaval following the October 2020 Parliamentary elections may have shocked the watching world, but the flaws and fragility in Kyrgyzstan political system had been clear for some time. This event and new publication will seek to provide ...

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Speakers

Dr. Aijan Sharshenova, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at OSCE Academy

Begaim Usenova, Director of Media Policy Institute

Shirin Aitmatova, Founder of UMUT 2020

Dr Aksana Ismailbekova, Postdoctoral Researcher at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

Chair: Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
March 1, 2021
2:00pm-3:30pm (UK time)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Building a lasting peace? Power sharing and sectarian identities in Bosnia

The FPC is working again with the SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation) project at the Richardson Institute for Peace at Lancaster University on a series of virtual public seminars focused on peacebuilding in Lebanon, Bosnia, Syria and Yemen. The project will address each country situation individually but it will seek to learn from the experiences of Lebanon and Bosnia (both the successes and ongoing/growing problems) in terms of power sharing and how ...

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

Dr Allison McCulloch, Associate Professor at Brandon University

Ian Bancroft, Writer, diplomat and Programme Manager at the Peaceful Change Initiative

Anne Kirstine Rønn, PhD student at Aarhus University and attached to SEPAD

Chair: Fleur Anderson MP, Vice Chair of APPG for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
February 9, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Building a lasting peace? Power sharing and sectarian identities in Lebanon

The FPC is working again with the SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation) project at the Richardson Institute for Peace at Lancaster University on a series of virtual public seminars focused on peacebuilding in Lebanon, Bosnia, Syria and Yemen. The project will address each country situation individually but it will seek to learn from the experiences of Lebanon and Bosnia (both the successes and ongoing/growing problems) in terms of power sharing ...

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Speakers

Prof John Nagle, Professor at Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Ibrahim Halawi, Teaching Fellow in International Relations at the Royal Holloway, University of London

Sami Atallah, former Director at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies

Leila Molana-Allen, Freelance foreign correspondent in Beirut reporting for PBS NewsHour and BBC radio

Chair: Anna McMorrin MP, Shadow International Development Minister

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
January 26, 2021
5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Unsafe for scrutiny – International Anti-Corruption Day event

Unsafe for scrutiny: How the misuse of the UK’s financial and legal systems to facilitate corruption undermines the freedom and safety of investigative journalists around the world.   This webinar, held on International Anti-Corruption Day, will launch the Foreign Policy Centre’s latest publication in the Unsafe for Scrutiny series, which will examine the impact that the UK’s continued role as a key facilitator of global financial crime and corruption has ...

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Clare Rewcastle Brown, UK journalist at The Sarawak Report

Pavla Holcová, Czech journalist, Founder of Investigace.cz and Editor for Central Europe at OCCRP

Ben Cowdock, Investigations Lead at Transparency International UK

Susan Coughtrie, Project Director at the Foreign Policy Centre

Chair: Nigel Mills MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on Anti-Corruption and Responsible Tax

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
December 9, 2020
5:00pm-6:30pm
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Spotlight on Uzbekistan: Examining four years of Mirziyoyev’s rule

This event, took place on the fourth anniversary of President Mirziyoyev’s election as President, will seek to take stock of the current political and social situation in Uzbekistan. It will look at what has changed since 2016 and what has not, assessing what the much talked about reform process has delivered and where there is more to do. It will discuss the key issues identified in the July 2020 Spotlight ...

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Professor Kristian Lasslett,  University of Ulster & Co-Director of UzInvestigations

Dilmurad Yusupov, University of Sussex

Dilfuza Kurolova, Human Rights Lawyer

Adam Hug, Director of the Foreign Policy Centre

Chair: Baroness Suttie, Vice-Chair All-Party Parliamentary Group on Uzbekistan

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
December 4, 2020
4pm-5.30pm (GMT)
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Defining the values the UK should stand for and protecting its ability to defend them

This public zoom event is part of the Foreign Policy Centre’s ongoing Finding Britain’s role in a changing world project responding to the UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. It will comprise a short keynote speech from Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, expert responses and an audience Q&A session. The event will take stock of the deliberations around the Government’s Integrated ...

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Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Dr Kate Ferguson, Co-Director of Protection Approaches

Benjamin Ward, UK Director of Human Rights Watch

Chair: Deborah Haynes, Foreign Affairs Editor, Sky News

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

When
November 26, 2020
5:15pm-6:30pm
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

Covid-19 in Southern Europe: lessons from Italy and Spain

When the coronavirus outbreak hit Europe in early 2020, Italy and Spain were the first countries facing a serious health crisis. Images of overcrowded hospitals and lockdowns in Lombardy, Catalonia and Madrid symbolised the initial stages of the pandemic outside China and would soon be followed by similar scenes in various parts of the world, including the UK. This Aston Centre for Europe and Foreign Policy Centre webinar will explore ...

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Alberto Costa MP, Chair of the APPG on Italy

Dr. Peter Lachman, CEO of ISQua

Dr. Micaela La Regina, Clinical Risk Management at La Spezia public Hospital

Juan Luis Sánchez, Co-founder of El Diario

Dr Davide Vampa, Lecturer at the Aston Centre for Europe

Chair: Adam Hug, Director of the Foreign Policy Centre

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

 

When
November 18, 2020
4:30-6:00pm
Where

The event will take place on Zoom.

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