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Survival and Evolution: The Geopolitics of the South Atlantic

When Nov 23, 2017
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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The Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to welcome the former British Ambassador to the Argentine Republic for this public lecture focusing on the South Atlantic. Sir John Freeman will provide analysis on resource issues in both the Falklands and Antarctica, as well as the Anglo-Argentine relationship.


About the Speakers

John Freeman: following his doctorate in King's College London, with a thesis entitled "Britain's nuclear arms control policy in the context of Anglo-American relations 1957–68",  John joined the FCO serving as its first Head of the South Africa section from 1986-1989. He went on to serve as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, the Permanent Representative to the the Conference on Disarmament, the Deputy-Director of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from 2006-2011, and as the UK Ambassador to the Argentine Republic 2012-2016. 


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After-ISIS: the future of Raqqa and Northern Syria

When Jan 09, 2018
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The Islamic State was defeated in mid-October, by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-Arab alliance in Raqqa, the de-facto capital of its Caliphate, significantly limiting the group's capabilities. With the capture of Raqqa, the Syrian conflict entered into a new, post-IS phase, during which the Russian and Iranian-backed Bashar Assad government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council, which is backed militarily by the US, would likely be the two main actors in the country.  Recently back from a three-week research trip to several cities in Northern Syria, with a particular focus on non-Kurdish majority areas under Kurdish-led administrations, Guney Yildiz will talk about post-IS stabilisation, international dynamics, the possibility of inter-ethnic alliance and the governance mechanisms being put in place by the Syrian Democratic Council throughout Northern Syria. 

Guney Yildiz is a researcher and analyst on Turkey, Syria and the Kurdish affairs. He is currently a Visiting Fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) focusing mostly on dynamics of Kurdish politics in Northern Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan. He also advised British politicians at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the UK Parliament as a Special Adviser on Turkey. As a journalist with the BBC, he broke numerous top UK and international stories that have been picked up by other domestic and international broadcasters. He holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and pursues a PhD on armed non-state actors in the Middle East at the Sociology Department of the University of Cambridge. 


The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany’s Strategic Hegemony

When May 10, 2018
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The Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to welcome Dr. Emmanuel Comte, a Research Fellow in the Department of Contemporary History at the Vienna School of International Studies, for a talk based on Dr. Comte's latest book, The History of the European Migration Regime: Germany's Strategic Hegemony