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Finding Britain’s role in a changing world

UK foreign policy is going through a period of extreme volatility, with the country’s international position more uncertain than at any time since the end of the Second World War. There is a national debate over Britain’s global role, looking at whether and how the UK can move from a period of intense introspection to reengage constructively on the world stage and within regional and international institutions. This programme will examine the challenges posed by both ‘Brexit’ and an increasingly volatile world, looking at what they mean for the UK now and for its future.

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Events in this programme

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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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.

June 18, 2019

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

How Turkey views Brexit Britain: The Past and Future of Bilateral Relations

This Foreign Policy Centre and Aston Centre for Europe seminar will explore how Anglo-Turkish relations have historically fluctuated between animosity and partnership. Following high-profile government visits on both sides in the past two years, the seminar will explore whether the relationship is at the start of a potentially new phase. Following the Brexit referendum and the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, both countries seemed to have approached each other ...

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Dr Yaprak Gürsoy, Lecturer, Aston University

Sir David Logan, Former British Ambassador to Turkey

Guney Yildiz, Non-Resident Scholar, Middle East Institute in Washington DC

Respondent: Baroness Sarah Ludford, Liberal Democrat Europe spokesman in House of Lords

Chair: Catherine West MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

May 14, 2019

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

Anti-extremism legislation and its challenges for freedom of expression in Russia and across Europe

The Foreign Policy Centre, Article 19 and the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis are organising a joint seminar to examine Russia’s use of counter-terrorism and anti-extremism legislation, looking at how civil society and the Council of Europe are concerned that this broadly written and often arbitrarily applied legislation is being used to stifle freedom of expression and restrict access to information. The seminar will also examine how the majority ...

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Alexander Verkhovsky, Director of the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis in Moscow

Sarah Clarke,Head of Europe and Central Asia, ARTICLE19

Lord Anderson, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Chair: Fiona Bruce MP, Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission

Listen to an audio recording of the event here. 

February 25, 2019
February 25, 2019, 6pm-7.30pm

Committee Room 16, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Global Britain: Myths, Reality and Post-Brexit Foreign Policy

This seminar organised by the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and Aston University seeks to explore the UK’s role in the World post-Brexit. In the post-war era the traditional view of the UK’s international influence was rooted in its membership of NATO, the UN Security Council, the European Union and its close relationship with the United States, enabling it to claim that it was ‘punching above its weight’ on the world ...

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Dr Judi Atkins, Lecturer in Politics, Aston University

Dr Andrew Glencross, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University

Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, former Culture Secretary and FPC Political Council Member

Chair: Henry Mance, Political Correspondent, Financial Times

Listen to the audio recording of the event here. 

January 15, 2019
January 15th, 2019 6pm-7.30pm

Committee Room 6, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Strategic Partners or Drifting Apart? British-Turkish Relations in the Age of Brexit

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, London is looking to develop bilateral relations with non-EU countries. Turkey has been identified as an important trade and strategic partner. British-Turkish relations are worth $16 billion and there are 3,000 British companies, which operate in Turkey. Both are NATO members and are part of the Global Coalition against ISIS, while the UK has traditionally been an advocate for closer collaboration with Turkey. However, ...

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Dr Simon Waldman, Mercator-IPC Fellow, Istanbul Policy Center

Dr Ayla Göl, Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Dr Natalie Martin, Senior Lecturer in Politics and IR, Nottingham Trent University

Chair: Catherine West MP

Listen to the audio recording of the event here. 


November 27, 2018
November 27, 2018 18:00-19:30

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

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