A year after Anna Politkovskaya’s murder and the beginning of the Litvinenko affair and with just five months to go before presidential elections, Russia’s relations with Britain and other western countries are increasingly strained.
Veteran war correspondent John Simpson talks to John Kampfner about the changes the world has gone through during his life and long career.
As an ever greater number of journalists are killed and kidnapped, we discuss whether there is a need for a special international convention to protect journalists working in war and conflict zones.
How has modern technology changed our perception of wars and conflict? Are war artists and chronicles now a thing of the past?
The event is organised as part of the Feliks Topolski centenary celebrations and to launch an exhibition of his wartime art at the Frontline Club.
With more than 70,000 dead after a conflict between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government that has lasted for nearly three decades, peace seems further away than ever. How does the media cover this ongoing conflict?
Commander of 3 Para Battle Group in Afghanistan, Lt Col Tootal, talks about the challenges the Group faced in Helmand: the fighting and the casualties, the logistics and the ongoing fight to win ‘hearts and minds’.
Investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark reveal a vast nuclear black market sanctioned by Pakistan’s military elite, financed by aid money from the US, Saudi Arabia and Libya and receiving assistance from China.
Elections in Pakistan are due in October and Pervez Musharraf’s position is looking fragile, but he is not ready to give in.
Writer Timothy Phillips talks about Beslan three years after the terrible tragedy there. He looks at whether the small tight-knit community been able to overcome the shock of what happened and questions whether we will ever find out the truth about the events of September 2004.
Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and the longest serving western journalist in Iraq, John Fisher Burns talks about life in Iraq before and during the war and during the ongoing occupation.
With the death toll rising and sectarian violence apparently worsening in Iraq, pressure is building for American and British troops to withdraw sooner rather than later even general Petraeus agrees, but for a different reason.
As Afghanistan overtakes Iraq as the Foreign Office’s number one priority in the war on terror, we ask whether the current British policy in this conflict-torn country is working.
Silicon Valley veteran Andrew Keen explains why he believes the internet promotes plagiarism and piracy and is killing professional journalism and culture.
John D McHugh set off in April 2007 for a nine month embed on the frontlines in Afghanistan. 5 weeks later he was caught in a major ambush and captured some rare combat photographs before being shot and seriously injured.
While the western media focuses on the well-worn stories of economic growth and human rights abuses, China is undergoing a huge economic and social transformation.
British civil rights lawyer talks about the fine democratic line between defending civilians from terrorist attacks and violating the rights of terror suspects, Guantanamo bay and capital penalty.
British artist Henry Hemming travels to the Middle East in search of artistic inspiration and finds more than a conflict zone.
Journalist and writer Edna Fernandes talks to Caspar Melville about why India, home of most of the world’s major religions, also hosts almost every type of religious fanaticism.
BBC Diplomatic Correspondent, Bridget Kendall, talks about Russia beyond the glamour of Moscow and St Petersburg and what the Russians think of Vladimir Putin’s rule.
Insight with Marina Litvinenko and Alex Goldfarb: Alexander and the Russian Secret Service – FULLY BOOKED
The widow of the FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko and his best friend talk about the realities of the Russian secret service and share their thoughts on who is responsible for his poisoning.
As the conflict between Hamas and Fatah divides Palestine further we look at whether the international community has helped or hindered solutions to the crisis.
With thousands of troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, growing tensions with a resurgent Russia and the threat of terrorism at home and abroad, pressure is mounting on Gordon Brown to define Britain’s new foreign policy.
Once an enthusiastic backer of the Ethiopian presence in Somalia and American attacks on the Islamic Courts fighters, Somali Deputy Prime Minister talks to Juliana Rufus about the reasons he split from the current government to form an alliance with the Islamic Courts in Eritrea.
Hadani Ditmars, Canadian journalist who has been writing from Iraq since 1997, talks to Fionnuala Sweeney about women in Iraq and how their lives have changed, drawing on her experiences described in her acclaimed book Dancing in the No-Fly Zone.
Former prime minister of Pakistan and head of the Pakistan People’s Party talks about the future of her country – one of the West’s key allies in the "war on terror".
Two times Pulitzer Prize winner Horst Faas, this year’s winner Oded Balilty and Santiago Lyon from AP discuss the dramatic changes in war photography as both war and camera technology become increasingly high tech.
Investigative journalists Elaine Potter and Philip Knightley relate how an investigatation by the Sunday Times Insight Team led to hundreds of Thalidomide victims winning compensation from drug manufacturers.
The Venezuelan government’s decision not to renew the broadcasting licence of Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) is changing the face of Venezuelan media.
With the new president sworn in after rigged elections, Nigeria is still in pitiful state and the conflict in the oil-rich Niger delta is escalating so what lies in store for Africa’s most populous nation?
Don Jordan and Mike Walsh talk about investigating the forgotten story of thousands of white Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain’s American Colonies.