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Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

January 2020

The Chinese Model of Religious and Cultural Persecution

28 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

Against a background of economic slowdown, the Chinese state is showing signs of stepping up its efforts to suppress the freedom of its religious and cultural minorities. Along with the internment of Uighur and Kazakh Muslims at ‘re-education camps’ in Xinjiang province, the religious and cultural freedoms of China’s Christian, Tibetan Buddhist, and adherents of other faiths are increasingly under threat. This model of persecution – a decidedly authoritarian approach which seeks to create a strictly uniform society based on…

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Is War Declining: Why and Where?

31 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

Is the world becoming more peaceful? This proposition encounters widespread disbelief. Have the United States and its allies not been repeatedly involved in messy wars over the last decades? Alternatively, is the relative peacefulness of today’s world not attributable to a transient American hegemony since the collapse of the Soviet Union? Are we not tempted by a resurfacing of old illusions that will again be dispelled by the rise of China to a superpower status, by a resurgent Russia, or…

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February 2020

Online Courts – a Case Study in the Digital Transformation of Public Services

4 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

It is common for policymakers and technologists to talk about the digital transformation of public service. In practice, however, most technology projects in government involve ‘automation’ (streamlining and systematizing current ways of working) rather than ‘transformation’ (using technology to deliver services in ways that were not possible in the past). In this talk, Richard Susskind will speak about the transformation of one vital public service – the courts. In most advanced legal systems, the resolution of civil disputes takes too…

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HongKongFile: A Year in Review, and Where Next?

11 February @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

Protests against increasing Chinese interference in Hong Kong's promised autonomy have in 2019 been unprecedentedly large, sustained and, at times, violent. With emotions running high and divisions stoked by both Beijing and radicalised and fearful protesters, it is easy to lose sight of what we are seeing in the latest research data. Dr. Brian Fong will be presenting a summary of current research, not only on the protest movement and its response, but also on the challenges of the political situation…

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Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation

13 February @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

Eighteen months after he led his own audacious insurgency against France’s established parties Macron would face another popular insurrection. This time, he was the target. On the eve of important European elections, and with nationalist and populist forces rising across the continent, questions remain as to whether Macron can still hope to hold the centre ground, work with Germany to rebuild post-Brexit Europe, and defend the multilateral liberal order. Who is Emmanuel Macron and how far can he truly change…

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Coming Soon: 2020: President Trump Confronts Iran and Impeachment

20 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

John Bellinger, formerly the Legal Adviser to the Department of State and the National Security Council in the George W. Bush Administration, will discuss legal aspects of the U.S. impeachment proceedings as well as the U.S. drone strike on Qasem Soleimani. He will also review the Trump Administration’s approach to international law over the last three years. Mr. Bellinger served as counsel for U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor in the impeachment proceedings.     John B. Bellinger III is a…

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Has India’s International Standing Hit a Roadblock? 

27 February @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

India’s foreign policy diplomacy in the 1990s and 2000s focused majorly in trying to delineate India from being hyphenated with Pakistan. From India’s strong presence in Davos in 2006 and 2015 and in between, it marked a renewed confidence that India was an economic might in its own right. But commentators, including former Foreign Secretary and National Security Advisor Shivsankar Menon, are increasingly saying said that the Indian Government is scoring an own goal with recent policy decisions. India now…

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March 2020

Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work

9 March @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

Psychologists have long understood that social environments profoundly shape our behavior, sometimes for the better, often for the worse. But social influence is a two-way street—our environments are themselves products of our behavior. Under the Influence explains how to unlock the latent power of social context. It reveals how our environments encourage smoking, bullying, tax cheating, sexual predation, problem drinking, and wasteful energy use. We are building bigger houses, driving heavier cars, and engaging in a host of other activities…

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