Talks

Wednesday, 19th February, 7:00PM

Akhmed Zakaev – In Conversation with Luke Harding

Join Akmed Zakaev, dissident and Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic’s government in exile, in conversation with Luke Harding, Foreign Correspondent at The Guardian, on the subject of Zakayev’s recent book, Subjugate or Exterminate!: A Memoir of Russia’s Wars in Chechnya.


Monday, February 3rd 2020, 7:00PM

Windrush: The Scandal Isn’t Over

Amelia Gentleman’s tenacious and meticulous reporting of the Windrush scandal shocked the nation. She revealed how thousands of law-abiding citizens had been wrongly classified as illegal immigrants through the government’s ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy and, as a consequence, many of them were removed from the country, or lost their homes and their jobs. This resulted in the resignation of, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd. In her book, The Windrush Betrayal, Gentleman tells the full story of this investigation.


Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 7:00PM

Pills, Powder and Smoke

Best-selling author and journalist Antony Loewenstein will be at Frontline to discuss Pills, Powder, and Smoke, his in-depth investigation of the individuals, officials, activists, victims, DEA agents, and traffickers caught up in this deadly war. Travelling through the UK, the US, Australia, Honduras, the Philippines, and Guinea-Bissau, he uncovers the secrets of the drug war, why it’s so hard to end, and who is really profiting from it. 


Thursday, 30th January 2020, 7:00PM

Under Every Yard of Sky

New York-based photographer Sebastian Meyer followed the Kurds from 2008 to 2017 as they rose, phoenix-like, from their bloody past to hover for a moment in a state of peace, before being plunged back into war. Over those ten years, Meyer’s life became intertwined with that rise and fall. His own story of friendship and loss is reflected in his photographs and writing which take the reader deep inside Kurdistan.


Tuesday 21st January 2020 7:00PM

Kleptoscope 2020: How to solve Britain’s Russia problem?

One of the murkiest mysteries of December’s general election campaign was the contents of the report on Russian interference in British democracy that Boris Johnson decided to suppress. Speculation was rife about its contents and, right now, we still don’t know what they were. So what is Britain’s Russia problem? And how do we solve it? Kleptoscope returns to discuss these important questions, which will be at the top of the in-tray for our government through Brexit and beyond.


Monday 27th January 2020, 7:30PM (30 mins later than usual)

The Killing in the Consulate

After Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was filmed going in to the Saudi consulate in Turkey, he was never seen alive again. What happened next turned into a major international scandal, pieced together by Channel 4’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman.


Thursday 4th July, 7PM

Sudan and the Revolution Post-Bashir

A military crackdown in Sudan has left more than 100 pro-democracy protesters dead, just weeks after the military offered support in overthrowing the country’s dictator. One month on, journalists covering the situation discuss Sudan’s future and the revolution post-Bashir. 


Wednesday 25 January 2017, 7:00 PM

The Editor’s View with Roy Greenslade: Tackling Fake News

As the public respond to rapid political changes in Europe and America, a digital-age quandary is emerging around editorial policies of newspapers during times of political transition. In a new series of exclusive talks hosted by journalist Roy Greenslade, we are bringing together today’s leading news editors to discuss, directly with their readers, issues related to editorial policies and press freedom in an era of polarising politics.


Wednesday 18 January 2017, 7:00 PM

Death Squads and Diplomacy: Drug War in The Philippines

After a campaign that promised to cleanse the country of drug crime, the new President of the Philippines Rodriguo Duerte has launched a brutal and unrelenting mission to expunge drug dealers from the country. Since he took office in July 2016, there have been nearly 4,000 extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users at the hands of police and vigilantes. Will President Duerte be held accountable for the mass killings taking place in the Philippines? How did the disturbing killings currently sweeping the country begin, and what does it teach us about impunity, power and the spread of violence?


Wednesday 4 January 2017, 7:00 PM

Kleptoscope #3: Britain’s Offshore Islands

After two successful Kleptoscope talks discussing the former Soviet Union and the Middle East, we come closer to home, with an exploration of Britain’s offshore tax havens. The Channel Islands, and the various overseas territories in the Caribbean and elsewhere pay host to huge capital flows, as well as untold thousands of shell companies, but are they are bad as they are painted?


Tuesday 6 December 2016, 7:15 PM

The Girl from Aleppo: Responding to Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis

Acclaimed journalist Christina Lamb joins as she shares the powerful story of Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager who travelled 3,500 miles from Syria to Germany in a wheelchair. With her quirky observations on the world, Nujeen illustrates the people behind the numbers crossing Europe on a journey that Lamb has followed in person. Unable to be present in person, Nujeen will be joining the discussion over Skype.


Friday 25 November 2016, 7:00 PM

What Does Trump’s Presidency Mean for the Rest of the World?

In one of the most dramatic political upsets in modern American history, Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton to become President Elect of the United States. Trump’s presidency means radical change in America’s foreign policy. How will campaign talk compare to real world policy?


Monday 21 November 2016, 7:00 PM

Irregular War: The Future of Global Conflicts

How can discourse surrounding international relations and conflict resolution respond to global terrorist movements and the permuting role of technology in warfare? How are ongoing civil conflicts calling for new approaches to global security? By exploring the timely question of intervention versus non-intervention, and examining the changing nature of warfare and technology, this discussion presents a comprehensive overview of new thinking on international diplomacy and the complexities of peace-making in the age of ‘irregular war’.


Wednesday 16 November 2016, 7:00 PM

Investigating and Reporting on Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Frontline Club is collaborating with the annual Trust Women Conference to present a discussion focused on investigating and reporting on sexual violence in conflict. With a focus on Syria our panel will be mapping out what is being done to help individuals and societies affected by sexual violence, and discuss ethical practices for journalists reporting on the topic and engaging with survivors.


Wednesday 23 November 2016, 7:00 PM

Kleptoscope #2: London’s Dirty Money

We are delighted to present the second talk in our series of events investigating corruption and dirty money in London: interrogating its origins, its launderers and how it gets spent. Hosted by investigative journalist Oliver Bullough, Kleptoscope unites journalists, campaigners, academics and others to discuss the latest research into the UK’s role as an enabler of global kleptocracy.


Tuesday 15 November 2016, 7:30 PM

Breaking Point: The EU Referendum and its Aftermath

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger the formal Brexit negotiation process by the end of March 2017. Drawing on analysis of official and off-the-record meetings with senior politicians as well as with ordinary voters, we will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss where post-referendum Britain is heading, how we got here, and what lessons might be learned.


Friday 4 November 2016, 6:00 PM

GroundTruth Presents: America’s Election and the Media in an Age of Distrust

The GroundTruth Project, a Boston-based non-profit news organisation, is dedicated to supporting the next generation of international correspondents. On the eve of the US election, GroundTruth founders Charles Sennott and Gary Knight look forward to introducing GroundTruth to the London media community. We ask: How much credibility has the media lost in this election? Where does journalism fit in the polarised political and social landscape? What role should the media play to improve discourse?


Tuesday 4 October 2016, 7:00 PM

Colombia’s Peace Deal: The End to the Americas’ Longest War?

After four years of negotiations, the Colombian government and the largest rebel group in the country have reached a deal to end more than 50 years of civil conflict, paving the way for an end to the longest running war in the Americas. The asymmetrical Colombian Conflict lasted 52 years, claimed over 220,000 lives and displaced more than five million people. Can Colombia become a symbol of hope in a world wracked with conflict? We will be joined by a panel of journalists and experts to discuss this historic peace agreement and what it means for the people of Colombia.


1 November 2016, 7:00 PM

London Press Club and Index on Censorship Present: Redefining Foreign Correspondence

In the past twenty years budget cuts across the foreign news industry have seen the near-demise of Western foreign correspondents posted abroad. In their place, local-national stringers have become increasingly important providers of foreign news stories. Is the foreign correspondent an endangered species in the news industry? What new models of foreign reporting are emerging alongside new information-gathering technologies? We will be joined by an expert panel to discuss trends in the industry and the future role of the foreign correspondent.


Wednesday 11 January 2017, 7:00 PM

Frontline Russia Presents: Cyber Conflict and the Future of US-Russian Relations

In the lead up to the US presidential elections, the US government formally accused Russia of political hacking. The US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated that the stealing and leaking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and other institutions was intended to interfere with the election process. But did Russia actually launch ‘cyber warfare’ on the US, and how grounded are the C.I.A.’s conclusions? Join us for a discussion on what the hacking debate has revealed about relations between the two countries and the new role of cyber conflict in international relations.


Tuesday 11 October 2016, 7:00 PM

In Conversation with Patrick Cockburn: The Age of Jihad

Since 2014 the rise of Daesh (ISIS) has shaken the stability of the Middle East and led to a climate of unease in Europe. As the crisis in the region deepens and Daesh continues to recruit members from abroad, Western leaders remain torn on tactics for battling the militant group. His newest book, The Age of Jihad: The Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East, Patrick Cockburn presents a compelling new analysis of the dominant conflict of our time; the Sunni – Shia war and the subsequent origins of Daesh. Cockburn will join us to discuss in depth the current turmoil in the Middle East and the role the West has played in the region from 2001 to present.


Wednesday 12 October 2016, 7:00 PM

Violent Borders: Border Conflict, Security and the Refugee Crisis

The ideological and physical implementation of borders has become a key element of debate around the global refugee crisis. Forty thousand people died trying to cross international borders in the past decade, with deaths along the shores of Europe only accounting for half of the shocking total. At the same time, military-industrial complexes have expanded to further secure and police border zones across the world. We will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss the relationship between border security projects, border conflict, and the refugee crisis.


Tuesday 27 September 2016, 7:00 PM

Inside the Nauru Files: Investigating Refugee Detention Centres

More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru were published in The Guardian in August. Sparking outrage from the international community, the Nauru files set out the shocking details of assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm attempts, child abuse and poor living conditions endured by asylum seekers held by the Australian government – painting a picture of a dysfunctional asylum processing system. We will be joined by a panel of journalists, migration experts and human rights defenders to discuss their initial reactions to the Nauru files, the implications of the reports and how a group of journalists broke a story from within a detention centre that has remained historically off-limits to journalists.


Tuesday 13 September 2016, 7:00 PM

Dissent and Censorship in a Changing Turkey

As unrest escalates in Turkey – a country that once prided itself as a pro-western beacon of stability in the Middle East – writers and journalists are experiencing a crackdown on freedom of expression, including jailing, blackmail and the forceful takeover of major news platforms. While Erdoğan maintains that the press in Turkey is among the most free in the world, human rights organisations warn that freedom of expression is under ever growing threat. We will be joined by prominent Turkish writers, along with media monitoring experts, to discuss their work in the context of the risks faced by writers and journalists in Turkey today.


Wednesday 13 July 2016, 7:00 PM

VICE News and English PEN Present: Ethics of News Gathering – Safeguarding Fixers & Translators

The Frontline Club, VICE News and English PEN present a panel discussion on the role of local fixers and translators in foreign news gathering and the responsibility of news organisations. An expert panel reveals how international news gathering really works, considers the risks in getting the story out and assesses the role of international news organisations in safeguarding the unsung heroes of foreign reporting.


Thursday 30 June 2016, 7:00 PM

Reproducing Reality: Animation and Documentary

Join us for a screening and discussion exploring the use of animation techniques within documentary filmmaking. We will be joined by a panel of documentary makers and animators who will present a behind-the-scenes look at the varied artistic techniques behind recent projects, as well as the broader motivations and challenges to capturing reality through animated form.


Tuesday 12 April 2016, 7:00 PM

Insight with Zaina Erhaim: Syria’s Rebellious Women

Join us for a discussion with IWPR’s Syria coordinator and award-winning Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim. This event will feature a screening of Zaina’s short films from the series Syria’s Rebellious Women, offering a rare insight into the challenges facing women living and working in rebel-held parts of Syria. 


Thursday 3 March 2016, 7:00 PM

The Art of Collaboration: Musical Score for Documentary

We will be joined by a panel of some of the UK’s most celebrated composers and filmmakers to discuss the process of constructing a score for documentary, exploring the collaborative relationship between composers and directors, creative approaches to composition and how music can ascribe meaning to images.


Monday 15 February 2016, 7:00 PM

Documentary Shorts: Telling Big Stories in Short Format

A panel of industry professionals will come together to discuss methods for short documentary production – focusing on cinematography, editing and storytelling to capture the essence of big stories in short format.


Monday 25 January 2016, 7:00 PM

Making Change: Documentary Filmmaking and Social Impact

A panel of filmmakers and industry professionals will come together to discuss how they’ve carried their messages beyond the screen to incite engagement from viewers and response to social issues and injustices. Subjects to be discussed include storytelling methods for inspiring action, building campaigns through multimedia platforms, and engaging with the journalistic community.