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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

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

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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

2nd UK Anti-SLAPP Conference: Spotlighting Solutions

  The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), Justice for Journalists (JFJ) Foundation and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) are delighted to announce the second edition of their UK Anti-SLAPP Conference to be held on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November 2022, both online and in-person in London. Following a highly successful inaugural conference last November, which highlighted the issue of SLAPPs with the participation of more than 40 ...

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Further information on speakers to be announced.

You can register to attend here on Eventbrite.

Watch all panelists on our YouTube.

When
November 28, 2022
- November 29, 2022
Where

London and Online

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.

Faith and State: Understanding the role of religious identities in political life in the Middle East

The SEPAD project and the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) are delighted to announce the Faith and State conference to be held on Tuesday 12th July in London. This conference will examine the importance of religious identities within the fabric of states in the Middle East. While a great deal of work has been undertaken looking at sectarian differences, comparatively little discussion of the ways in which people have rejected such identities, in ...

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

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt (Pro-Chancellor, Lancaster University)

Dr Ruba Ali Al-Hassani (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lancaster University)

Dr Ibrahim Halawi (Teaching Fellow, Royal Holloway University)

Professor Sana Al Sarghali (Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law, An-Najah University)

Professor Toby Dodge (Professor of International Relations, LSE)

Adam Hug (Director of the FPC)

Dr Hadeel Abdelhameed (Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung Research Fellow)

Anne Kirstine Rønn (PhD Student, Aarhus University)

Drewery Dyke (Chairperson, Rights Realization Centre)

Dr Mustafa Menshawy (Post Doctoral Researcher at SEPAD, Lancaster University)

Professor Staci Strobl (Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville)

When
July 12, 2022
9:30am - 4:30pm UK time
Where

In person, London

You can register to attend by emailing: events@fpc.org.uk.

 

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.

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