International Day of Democracy

News - 15 September, 2015

Today marks the International Day of Democracy. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007 (A/62/7), the International Day of Democracy aims to encourage governments to strengthen their commitment to the promotion and consolidation of democratic values. This year’s initiative focuses on the role civil society plays within a successful democracy. The theme of […]

NATO Summit 2014

News - 3 September, 2014

On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September, the UK will be hosting the NATO Summit in Wales. NATO Summits take place on a biennial basis, with the last one held in Chicago in 2012. It is the first NATO Summit in the United Kingdom since it was hosted in London in 1990. This summit is […]

NATO’s 65th anniversary

News - 4 April, 2014

2014 is a year which marks many historic anniversaries such as the centenary of the First World War, twenty five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and today NATO’s 65th anniversary of its foundation. On 4 April 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was created by the United States, Canada and several […]

Talking while fighting…

News - 23 June, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive writes: …; fragile complicated, and oh-so-difficult! A BBC interviewer talking to the Foreign Secretary this morning, naively suggested that the moment the talking starts, the guns should go quiet. The process of trying to talk to your enemy while people die on the battlefield is not new.  It has become […]


News - 24 May, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: Ashraf paused as two helicopters flew past his third floor office window to land at the ISAF HQ in central Kabul. The clatter subsided. You see, Richard, we are all Curzons children. Meetings with Ashraf Ghani are always eventful offering insight, wisdom, and very often unexpected direction. He is […]

Talking while fighting conference delivers valuable insights and lessons

News - 11 January, 2011

Bringing out valuable insights regarding political reconciliation processes during internal conflict, the conference highlighted many potential lessons to help inform an evolving political process in Afghanistan. Talking while fighting: conditions and modalities Friday 10 – Sunday 12 December 2010 (WP1087) The conference examined a wide range of internal conflicts, including thematically focused case study sessions on […]

Jamie Shea on NATO in Afghanistan – video clip – 8th Atlantic Youth Forum

News - 12 August, 2010

Discussions included prospects for a nuclear free world, the future for Afghanistan, priorities for the Obama administration, sport as an agent for social change, the power of networks, food and water security and social innovation. Atlantic Youth Forum Monday 2 to Friday 6 August 2010 (WP1043)   34 bright independent thinkers from a range of […]

Winning ‘Hearts & Minds’ in Afghanistan: assessing the effectiveness of development aid in COIN operations

News - 22 March, 2010

Discussion at Wilton Park explored critical issues surrounding the effectiveness of development in aid promoting security and stability in Afghanistan. The conference discussion and report are contributing to high-level policy discussions….. Winning ‘Hearts and Minds’ in Afghanistan: assessing the effectiveness of development aid in coin operations Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 March 2010 (WP1022) Organised […]