Afghanistan

Friday 21st December 6PM

Annual Afghanistan Christmas Drinks

Join us for our annual Afghanistan Christmas Drinks


Tuesday 11th September 2018, 7:00PM

Afghanistan, What End in Sight?

It’s coming up to 17 years of British military intervention in Afghanistan, and there seems to be no clear end in sight. As the Western media turns the spotlight on Syria and other conflicts in the Middle East, Afghanistan has become the forgotten war. Our panel discuss what strategy is in place to end the conflict, and the civilian costs of the war.


Monday 18th June 2018, 7:00 PM

Magnum Chronicles: A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS

We present and discuss the first issue, A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS, which includes over 40 images from the Magnum archive, exploring the history and effects of the fall-out from ISIS and their actions over the recent past.


Wednesday, 11th October 2017, 07:00 PM

The Al Qaeda resurgence – how Osama bin Laden’s family survived after 9/11 and how his followers have rebuilt the terrorist organisation

Join us for an evening of conversation with journalists Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levey to discuss their new book: The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda In Flight and the recent resurgence of the terror group, as Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza is expected to take over the terrorist organisation. 


September 9, 2016

In the Picture with Paula Bronstein: Afghanistan – Between Hope and Fear

‘Mob rule took over’ she said quietly, ‘and they killed her’. The grief and anger at Farkhunda Malikzada’s funeral is one of many harrowing events Paula Bronstein has documented. But her latest book, Afghanistan – Between Hope and Fear, captures not only the tragedy of a country ravaged by war: it also shows the joy. 


Wednesday 7 September 2016, 7:00 PM

In the Picture with Paula Bronstein: Afghanistan – Between Hope and Fear

Since her first assignment to Afghanistan in Autumn 2001 to document the US-led ‘Occupation Enduring Freedom’ in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein has made the country her mission. Returning frequently to intimately document the daily lives of the Afghan people against the backdrop of a brutal and protracted war, Bronstein has captured ongoing challenges in Afghanistan – including human rights abuses against women and increased violence and instability – as well as the stirrings of new hope, including women participating in elections for the first time.

On the publication of her new book Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear, Paula Bronstein will join us in conversation with Christina Lamb to discuss her expansive work that intimately captures everyday life in Afghanistan against the backdrop of the 14-year US-led invasion and its enduring legacy.


Wednesday 29 June 2016, 7:00 PM

The New War Photographers: In the Picture with David Birkin

For the second in a series of events in partnership with PARC, the University of the Arts London photography research centre based at London College of Communication, we are delighted to welcome artist David Birkin to discuss his work that challenges elements of censorship and spectacle in the so-called War on Terror.


Tuesday 29 March 2016, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening – Mission Critical: Afghanistan + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with reporter Abi Austen, director Will West and producer Shoaib Sharifi.

Abi Austen served for over four years in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as both a British army officer and as a senior advisor to the US army. In February 2015, she returned to Kandahar with Unreported World to discover just what is going wrong with President Obama’s plan. In this remarkable and eye-opening film, Austen discovers on the frontline that the war in Afghanistan is now at a tipping-point. Her film poses a question for the world: will the West’s legacy in Afghanistan survive, and is that struggle still worth fighting for?


Monday 29 February 2016, 7:00 PM

Screening: Boxing for Freedom + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Juan Antonio Moreno Amador and Silvia Venegas.
Sadaf Rahimi is the most accomplished female boxer in Afghanistan and well known within her community in Kabul, though her talent for the sport attracts social ridicule as well as fame. Sadaf’s boxing and academic achievements have led her into public visibility and turned her into a role model for many Afghan young women – although her athletic career has been jeopardised by death threats and interference from the Afghan Boxing Association, which barred her from travelling to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.


Monday 22 February 2016, 7:00 PM

BookNight with Rod Nordland

For February’s BookNight we are delighted to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and Frontline Club member Rod Nordland to present his latest book, The Lovers. Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet, the true story of how they defied their families and escaped an honour killing. This is a riveting, real-life equivalent of The Kite Runner and an astonishingly powerful and moving portrayal that puts a human face to the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.


Friday 22 January 2016, 7:00 PM

Screening: Guantanamo’s Child + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Michelle Shepard and others.

Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was captured by American forces in Afghanistan in 2002 and spent a decade imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, tells his own story in this documentary portrait from directors Patrick Reed and Michelle Shepard.


November 19, 2015

In the Picture with Giles Duley: “Anti-War Photographer”

By Ratha Lehall On Wednesday 18 November, the Frontline Club hosted photographer Giles Duley to discuss the themes and individual images in his latest project, One Second of Light. Duley was joined by Roger Tatley, director at the Marian Goodman Gallery, and Jon Levy, a photo editor currently working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). One Second of […]


November 19, 2015

Gulwali Passarlay’s Journey as a Refugee from Afghanistan to the UK

By Aletha Adu On Wednesday 18 November, Gulwali Passarlay enlightened a packed audience at the Frontline Club into his journey as an unaccompanied child refugee from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom. Joined by former Afghanistan correspondent for the BBC David Loyn, and Nadene Ghouri who co-authored his book The Lightless Sky, Passarlay was keen to […]


October 21, 2015

Frame by Frame: Photojournalism in Afghanistan

By Anna Speyart On Tuesday 20 November 2015, the Frontline Club hosted a packed screening of the documentary Frame by Frame, followed by a discussion with filmmakers Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli. The film follows four Afghan photojournalists who have the challenging task of helping to establish a free and diverse media landscape after years of repressive Taliban […]


Tuesday 17 November 2015, 7:00 PM

Insight with Gulwali Passarlay: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape to a New Life in Britain

Gulwali Passarlay was only 12 years old when he left his home and family in Afghanistan. He would be shot at, imprisoned and almost drown before he reached his new home in Britain. We welcome Gulwali Passarlay to the Frontline Club to share his story as documented in his memoir The Lightless Sky, and to offer his personal insight into the current refugee crisis.


Tuesday 20 October 2015, 7:00 PM

Screening: Frame by Frame + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach.

After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime, four Afghan photojournalists face the realities of building a free press in a country left to stand on its own – reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.


June 25, 2015

The True Cost of Corruption

By Alexandra Sarabia On Wednesday 24 May, an audience gathered at the Frontline Club for a discussion on corruption and its far-reaching implications. Sarah Chayes and Tom Burgis joined freelance journalist and host of Newshour on the BBC World Service, Owen Bennett-Jones, to talk about their experiences in Africa, Afghanistan and beyond. Chayes is an expert on kleptocracy, anti-corruption […]


June 12, 2015

Embedded with the People: Photographs of Afghanistan with Zalmaï

By Francis Churchill  On Wednesday 10 June, Afghan-born photographer Zalmaï presented his latest book, Dread and Dreams, to an audience at the Frontline Club. When he returned, after a long hiatus, to Afghanistan as part of the army of press following the US-British invasion, Zalmaï quickly realised that the Western media was not showing the human elements of the conflict. Dread […]


June 10, 2015

William Dalrymple: The Battle for Afghanistan

By Olivia Acland On Tuesday 2 June, acclaimed writer and historian William Dalrymple joined an audience at the Frontline Club for a fascinating talk on his latest book, Return of a King – The Battle for Afghanistan, in partnership with the London Press Club. The work is the third volume in a series examining the history of […]


May 19, 2015

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year: The Transition of Afghanistan to the Afghan National Army

By Graham Lanktree In 2014, western troops drew down combat operations after 13 years of fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan. This left the Afghan Army to cope with an enemy that some of the most powerful militaries on earth have failed to defeat. In their new documentary Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, […]


Wednesday 10 June 2015, 7:00 PM

In the Picture with Zalmaï: Afghanistan – Dread and Dreams

Internationally renowned Afghan-born photographer Zalmaï has spent years capturing the human cost of disintegration and dispossession caused by war around the world. In a new body of work, entitled Dread and Dreams, he turns his lens to his own country to capture life in Afghanistan against the backdrop of the 14-year US-led invasion. He will be joining us in conversation with editor-in-charge of Reuters Wider Image, Alexia Singh, to present this deeply personal and humanistic body of work of Afghan refugees, by an Afghan refugee.


April 30, 2015

Christina Lamb: Farewell Kabul

By Julia Ronyai  On Tuesday 28 April, veteran foreign correspondent Christina Lamb joined an audience at the Frontline Club for an insightful discussion on her latest book, Farewell Kabul, which encompasses her experiences over 27 years of reporting from Afghanistan. Looking forward to a great evening with @christinalamb talking to @Sarah_Montague at the @frontlineclub pic.twitter.com/K1gjQsVoz7 — […]


Monday 18 May 2015, 7:00 PM

Preview Screening: Tell Spring Not to Come This Year + Q&A

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy.
When NATO troops withdrew from Afghanistan the Afghan National Army (ANA) took control of Helmand Province, an extremely dangerous region where attacks by Taliban fighters are the order of the day. The directors of Tell Spring Not to Come This Year accompanied an ANA company during a year of frontline duty in Helmand.


Tuesday 2 June 2015, 7:00 PM

Insight with William Dalrymple: Return of a King

The London Press Club and the Frontline Club are proud to present a talk from award-winning writer and historian William Dalrymple.

Now based in Delhi, Dalrymple joins us for a special event to discuss his most recent, acclaimed book Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42, the definitive analysis of the First Anglo-Afghan War. He will discuss parallels with current events in both Afghanistan and the UK, before taking questions from the audience.


Tuesday 28 April 2015, 7:00 PM

Insight with Christina Lamb: Farewell Kabul

For over two decades, Christina Lamb has reported from Afghanistan, with unparalleled access to all key decision makers. She has developed an extensive understanding of the country, the people and the conflict. She will be joining us in conversation with BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter, Sarah Montague, to give her personal account of the longest war fought by the United States in its history, and by Britain since the Hundred Years War.


February 26, 2015

Afghanistan: Lessons Of War

By Isabel Gonzalez-Prendergast On 25 February, a panel of experts convened at the Frontline Club for a discussion on the war in Afghanistan and its ongoing legacy. Chaired by BBC Afghanistan correspondent, David Loyn, the debate spanned the period from 11 September 2001 to the present day.


February 26, 2015

World Stories: bringing documentaries to “the poorest people”

By Javier Pérez de la Cruz “What World Stories and the Why Foundation are doing is bringing very important, powerful documentaries to greater attention and to international audiences,” said Richard Porter, controller of BBC World Service English, on Tuesday 24 February at the Frontline Club. The event marked the launch of the World Stories series, an […]


Wednesday 25 February 2015, 7:00 PM

Afghanistan: The Lessons of War

In late October, Camp Bastion – Britain’s biggest overseas base since World War Two – was handed over to Afghan control, marking the end of 13 years of British combat operations in Afghanistan. We will be joined by those who served in Afghanistan and the journalists who covered the country, to take a comprehensive view of the conflict from its inception after 9/11 to the withdrawal. Looking at the decisions that were made and the consequences of those actions, we will be examining the lessons that should be learned by British and Coalition forces.


November 26, 2014

Hunting for Osama bin Laden

By Robert Van Egghen “How can you have a war on terror when terror is a tactic?” asks one of the American counter-terrorism analysts interviewed in Greg Barker‘s new film, Manhunt, about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, which was screened at the Frontline Club on Monday 24 November. Director Greg Barker joined the […]


June 30, 2014

Ground Zero at the Frontline Club

By Richard Nield A compelling Frontline Club event on Wednesday 25 June showcased film and photographic work from across the globe that revealed both the depth of suffering and the strength of human spirit in some of the world’s most devastating internal conflicts. Featured at the event was a series of photographs from Tim Freccia in […]