Egyptian author, political and cultural commentator Ahdaf Soueif will be joining us in conversation with BBC presenter Mishal Husain, to discuss her experiences at the heart of the protest in Tahrir Square during those momentous 18 days, looking at the roots of the pro-democracy movement and addressing the question of where her country goes from here.
David E. Hoffman, who worked for 27 years as a reporter and editor at The Washington Post, will be at the Frontline Club to discuss the relationship between US president Ronald Reagan and Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the dying days of the Cold War.
In 1961 Wilbert Rideau was a nineteen year old African-American living in Louisiana, the deep south of segregated America. An eighth-grade dropout despaired by the dead-end and small-town future his life held for him he set out to rob a local bank. The robbery went very wrong and Rideau found himself sentenced to death row. Award winning journalist Wilbert Rideau will be joining us at the Frontline Club in conversation with Afua Hirsch, the Guardian’s legal affairs correspondent to recount his extraordinary story and the work he now does educating people about the realities of the world behind bars.
Our Insight events bring prominent figures in their field to the Frontline Club to talk about their life and work, and respond to questions and comments from the audience. The past year has seen a host of events offering unique insights into the lives of some great thinkers, academics, journalists and campaigners. Here is a […]
This event has been rescheduled from 27 October
Mercenaries, gunships and a foiled coup, it reads like a Hollywood script but is in fact the real life story that frontline journalist, documentary filmmaker and long standing Frontline Club member James Brabazon became embroiled in. He will be joining us to recount the inside story of the most infamous coup attempt in recent history; from his journey into the Liberian war to the imprisonment of his friend, body guard and mercenary Nick du Toit in Black Beach Prison, Africa’s most notorious jail.
Leah Chishugi describes herself as a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and it is what she calls the ‘survivor’s guilt’ that compelled her to return to her native Congo where she set up the charity Everything is a Benefit to help those affected by the region’s conflict.
She will be joining us at the Frontline Club to tell her story and the stories of the women and children in the eastern part of Congo that she now dedicates herself to helping.
Two years since the White House changed hands, how has the American empire altered? Very little, argues Tariq Ali, apart from the mood music. Ali will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, Marwan Bishara, to discuss his new book The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad in which he slices through Obama-mania, demystifying the narrative arc of redemption.
Gareth Peirce is an acclaimed human rights lawyer who has appeared for the Birmingham Six, the family of Jean Charles de Menezes and Moazzam Begg, amongst many others. Peirce will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with the Guardian’s legal affairs correspondent Afua Hirsch. She will be discussing her work and Dispatches from the Dark Side: On Torture and the Death of Justice, her new comprehensive set of essays which analyses the corruption of legal principles and practices in both the US and the UK.
Part 1 Part 2 View in iTunes Following the release of more than 90,000 classified military documents on whistle-blowing site Wikileaks on Sunday, founder Julian Assange will be taking part in a special event at the Frontline Club this Tuesday evening. Assange will be talking about the impact of the documents that were released in […]
Join Gary Younge at the Frontline Club to discuss his book Who Are We – and Should it Matter in the 21st Century? which takes in Sarah Palin, Tiger Woods and the Danish cartoon controversy and calls forthe differences between us to be talked about “properly”.
Fatima Bhutto, writer, political commentator and outspoken critic of Pakistan’s current regime will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with Owen Bennett-Jones, BBC Pakistan correspondent between 1998 and 2001 and author of Pakistan: Eye Of The Storm, to talk about her new book Songs of Blood and Sword and her vision for the future of Pakistan.
Veteran BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson will be at the Frontline Club on the eve of the publication of his new book Unreliable Sources examining the British press and its reporting of key events throughout history.
Randa Habib will be discussing her new book Hussein and Abdullah: Inside the Jordanian Royal Family with Hosam El Sokkari, head of BBC Arabic.
Zainab Salbi will be at the Frontline Club to talk about her remarkable life growing up in Saddam Hussein’s household, her escape from an abusive arranged marriage and Women for Women International, the organisation she set up that has helped more than 153,000 women in nine countries including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.
An opportunity to hear Stuart Tootal discuss the war in Afghanistan and hear his views on strategy, the human cost, treatment of the wounded and lack of equipment. Stuart Tootal will be in conversation with Patrick Bishop, veteran foreign correspondent who is now one of Britain’s foremost military historians
In Bratislava, Frontline Club founder, Vaughan Smith, speaks to freelance journalist John D McHugh on freelance newsgathering in Afghanistan.
Following the publication of her book, Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe, Gillian Tett will be at the Frontline Club in conversation with another of the journalists tasked with making sense of the economic crisis, the BBC’s economics editor Stephanie Flanders.
Nick Hawton will be discussing his new book The Quest for Radovan Karadzic that chronicles his six-year search, while working as the BBC’s Foreign Correspondent in the former Yugoslavia, for the most wanted man in Europe. It was a search that took him into the heart of Balkan politics, crime and espionage, bringing to light a murky world of intrigue, murder and dirty deals.
This event will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster James Delingpole In his new book David Aaronovitch deconstructs conspiracy theories – from Pearl Harbour to the assassination of Kennedy, the death of Diana and 9/11 – providing not only to provide ammunition against bizarre claims about moon landings and twin towers but also revealing the […]
Hala Jaber has won plaudits for her courageous reporting from around the world, particularly in Iraq, where she was one of the last correspondents to leave Falluja when it came under heavy bombardment by US forces. Named foreign correspondent of the year for the second year running in 2006, British-Lebanese Hala Jaber has shown continued […]
Chaired by Wendell Steavenson The Observer’s foreign affairs editor Peter Beaumont will discuss his new book The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Drawing on his extensive experience, Beaumont examines the changing nature of war, focussing the human cost to the combatants and civilians in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq and Israel. “I […]
Peter Hitchens talks about the need for a new political compass in a world where traditional boundaries between the Left and Right no longer exist.Left-wingers backed the invasion of Iraq and Tories campaign for civil liberties yet conventional wisdom insists on operating as if the age-old divisions between political parties still apply, argues journalist, author […]
According to the UK government chief scientist Prof John Beddington, by 2030 the growing world population will cause a “perfect storm” of food, energy and water shortages. As the population tops 8.3 billion, demand for food and energy will jump 50% by 2030 and for fresh water by 30%. Labour MP Colin Challen will be […]
Paul Mason talks about the ongoing financial crisis that has brough the global economy to the brink of depression. Gordon Brown hailed the result of deregulation as the ‘golden age’ of banking in the UK. Mason will give insights into how deregulation is at the heart of the collapse of the banking system in September […]
While the world waits expectantly for the Obama administration’s Middle East policy, Financial Times Associate Editor and Chief Leader Writer – the hugely respected David Gardner speaks frankly with Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow about what needs to be done now. Gardner advocates nothing less than a reappraisal of what realpolitik means as we enter […]
Stephen Grey is one of the UK’s most distinguished investigative journalists and in December 2007 set off to Helmand, southern Afghanistan to see firsthand a conflict that was turning increasingly brutal and resulting in heavier losses for British armed forces. The reports that he filed for the Sunday Times – as he witnessed the death […]
Charles Glass provides an exciting, fast-paced and elegantly written saga of the moral contradictions faced by Americans in Paris during France’s most dangerous years. His discovery of letters, diaries, war documents and police files shows as no book before has how American expatriates were trapped in a web of intrigue, collaboration and courage. This is […]
With a new government in the process of being formed in Somalia, are we going to see a new era of peace and stability after eighteen long years of violence and warlordism? Or does the new Prime Minister Sharmarke – himself a moderate Islamist – now have an impossible task ahead of him in trying […]
Rory Stewart’s career to date has taken him from the foreign office in London, to Indonesia and Montenegro, to being governor of two states in Southern Iraq, to Kabul and most recently to Harvard. In between he has walked across Iran, through Pakistan and India and on to Afghanistan – arriving just after the Taliban […]
Tariq Ali‘s new book, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power, weighs the prospects of those contending for power in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, and demonstrates Pakistan’s unique influence on the emergence of a secure world or global conflagration. Tariq Ali is a writer, journalist and film-maker. He was born […]