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- Events on October 2, 2014Energy Policy post 2015 – where do we go from here?Starts: 18:30Ends: October 2, 2014 - 19:30Location: LondonDescription: Full details: http://bit.ly/1uK4Ik5
2015 will be a pivotal year for energy policy with a General Election in which Labour is set to promise a 20 month freeze of domestic energy prices and the replacement of Ofgem by a more powerful regulator, while the Competition and Markets Authority should complete its investigation of the energy supply market. Electricity Market Reform is now enacted, but substantial uncertainties remain about almost all aspects of its implementation. This lecture will analyse the options open to the new Government and propose a new direction for energy policy.
- Events on October 3, 2014Trails of the Great War – 1914-2014Starts: 09:00Ends: October 3, 2014 - 18:45Location: LondonDescription: Full details: http://bit.ly/1s6itf1
The centenary year of the outbreak of the Great War began with a serious debate over the war guilt question. Since then the focus has been on the nature of the war itself. History, it seems, is less about rationalising past events than about accessing the emotional experience of those who lived through them. The aim of this conference is to move beyond the parochial and to broaden the view of the British debate.
- Events on October 5, 2014Ten years on from the Orange Book - What should authentic liberalism look like?Starts: 19:45Ends: October 5, 2014 - 20:45Location: Glasgow (Liberal Democrat Party Conference - inside secure zone)Description: Full details: http://bit.ly/XKxqFI
Isabel Hardman, Editor, Spectator CoffeeHouse (Chair)
Jeremy Browne, MP for Taunton Deane
Paul Marshall, Co-Editor, The Orange Book: Reclaiming Liberalism
Tim Farron MP, President, Liberal Democrats
Stephen Tall, Editor, LibDem Voice
Ryan Bourne, Head of Public Policy, IEA
Tom Mludzinski, Head of Political Polling, ComRes
Please note this event is inside the secure zone so you will need a conference pass to attend. There is no need to book a seat in advance, seating is first come, first served.
- Events on October 6, 2014A Winter’s Tale: Russia, Europe, and Energy SecurityStarts: 19:30Ends: October 6, 2014 - 20:30Location: LondonDescription: Full details: http://bit.ly/1rtFKqo
The current conflict between Russia and Ukraine – and by extension, the confrontation between Russia and the rest of Europe – is being waged with a number of weapons. One of the most potent of these is energy.
Russia is Europe’s biggest supplier of energy, and this supply has long been the subject of political manoeuvering. This is especially true with Russia’s gas pipelines through Ukraine: Russia cut its supply of gas to Ukraine in 2006, 2007 and 2009; in June, Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned gas company, cut Ukraine’s supply again; and, after European countries reversed flow to Ukraine, Gazprom limited supplies to Poland.
While Europe does not depend on Russian energy during the summer months (when countries usually refill their gas storage facilities), Europe’s reliance on Russian energy is marked during winter. Thirteen members of the EU receive over half of their gas from Russia, and as Europe’s pipeline grid is not particularly well suited to decouple European demand from Russian supply, this reliance would be difficult to decrease. What are the implications of this for Europe’s energy security? Among the various alternatives to Russian-controlled pipelines proposed so far, which are actually viable? Or are we underestimating the extent to which Russia, in turn, is reliant on Europe as an export market, and the leverage that this offers Europe?
- Events on October 9, 2014Lessons from the US: what is the best framework for exploiting shale gas in the UK?Starts: 18:30Ends: October 9, 2014 - 19:30Location: LondonDescription: Full details: http://bit.ly/1o5Ikg4
Speakers: Iain Murray, Vice President for Strategy, Competitive Enterprise Institute; Francis Egan, Chief Executive Officer, Cuadrilla Resources; and Corin Taylor, Senior Adviser, UK Onshore Oil and Gas.
The controversial nature of shale gas extraction has divided public opinion, but many view it as a serious contender to fulfill the UK’s future energy supply needs. This lecture will examine the rapid development of shale gas in the United States and the impact on its energy markets and make recommendations for the best framework to exploit shale gas in the UK.
- Events on October 9, 2014ifs University College & British Bankers Association Prestige LectureStarts: 18:30Ends: October 9, 2014 - 20:00Location: LondonDescription: Anthony Browne, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, gives a one hour lecture followed by an optional drinks reception.
Full details here: http://bit.ly/1uJVzbq
- Events on October 14, 2014Palliative and end of life care - Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) seminarStarts: 16:20Ends: October 14, 2014 - 18:00Location: LondonDescription: Full details: http://bit.ly/1yqZ2Ly
As the UK population continues to age, demand for palliative and end of life care will increase. In June 2014, a new approach to caring for dying people was announced in England, focusing on the individual needs and wishes of the dying person and those close to them. This seminar, chaired by Professor Baroness Finlay, will bring together experts from government, the NHS, academia and the third sector with parliamentarians to discuss the new approach and challenges to providing high quality care, including attitudes towards talking about death and dying, education and training, and monitoring standards of care and outcomes.
- Events on October 14, 2014Renewables, intermittency and low carbon: opportunity or threat?Starts: 17:30Ends: October 14, 2014 - 18:45Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UKDescription: Full details: http://bit.ly/1wHLuyL
Chief Executive of Northern Powergrid, Phil Jones will be delivering the Swan Memorial Lecture in this centenary anniversary year of Joseph Swan’s death. Phil Jones is a former President of the Energy Networks Association and was awarded an OBE for his services to the industry in 2007.
- Events on October 14, 2014Disentangling the Political From the Humanitarian: Western Policies towards UNRWA and the Quest For PeaceStarts: 18:00Ends: October 14, 2014 - 19:00Location: LondonDescription: Full details: http://bit.ly/1q6iQ2S
In recent years, the activities of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA) have become an increasingly controversial topic. All sides of the debate readily recognise the importance of the humanitarian work UNRWA is delivering in the Palestinian Territories, widely credited with an important role in delivering key services to the Palestinian population. Thus UNRWA services form a core part of the functioning of important aspects of Palestinian civil society. Yet, concerns have arisen not only about the financial management of the UNRWA budget – to which the UK taxpayer makes a major contribution – but increasingly accusations of the politicisation of the Agency have become a part of the narrative battles of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Concerns range from questions over the curriculum in UNRWA schools, to apprehension over the nature of the relationship between UNRWA and Hamas, not least with the discovery of rockets Hamas use to fire at Israeli population centres stored in UNRWA schools during the latest conflict in Gaza. Added to such acute issues is the broader question of perpetuating the conflict through aid organisations such as UNRWA.
- Events on October 15, 2014From Polarisation to Radicalisation: Why Groups go to ExtremesStarts: 13:00Ends: October 15, 2014 - 14:00Location: LondonDescription: Full details: http://bit.ly/1vOwZ9H
It is estimated that to date, around 500 individuals have travelled from the United Kingdom to join the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Many more have displayed sympathy with the brutal ideology of Islamic State, even as its bloody rampage across the region takes on new, horrifying dimensions by the day. As the situation continues to escalate, understanding and preventing radicalisation has once again shot to the top of the agenda for policymakers in Britain and beyond, with Home Secretary Theresa May delivering a forceful call-to-arms to combat extremism in the UK at the Conservative Conference.
In this challenging context, it is worth considering the dynamics that underpin the spread of extremist views. What happens in groups that contain individuals with fanatical views? Why does radicalisation so often come to rule over moderation? And most importantly, how can we identify effective means of countering extremism and disrupting recruitment into extremist groups?