Iraq

Monday, 9th October 2017, 07:00 PM

Screening: MOSUL + Q&A

The Frontline Club will be screening MOSUL, a new film by Olivier Sarbil and James Jones followed by a Q&A with Olivier and James. In October 2016, an elite team of Iraqi Special Forces was tasked with leading the fight to defeat ISIS in Mosul. It was the beginning of a brutal battle of attrition […]


Tuesday, 26th September 2017, 06:00 PM

The Soft Power of Diasporas

When people think of diaspora populations, their first thought tends to be of refugee populations, the migrant crisis, and communities fleeing conflict as a result of what’s reported in the media. However, this is only part of the story. Often these scattered populations across the globe continue to have an enormous impact on their homelands. The European Research Council has sponsored 5 years of extensive research and close to 500 first-hand interviews of displaced peoples in Europe, and what influences and impacts they continue to have on their homelands.


Thursday, 21st September 2017, 07:00PM

Screening: No Friends But the Mountains + Q&A

With the independence referendum of Iraqi Kurdistan set for 25th September 2017, The Frontline Club will be hosting a film screening night along with a Q&A with the makers of the film to discuss the possible outcomes.


Wednesday 19 July, 2017 07:00 PM

Freelancer on the Frontlines Screening + Q&A Jesse Rosenfeld

Join us for the screening ‘Freelancer on the Frontlines’ which follows the life and work of journalist Jesse Rosenfeld, followed by a Q&A with Jesse himself.
Canadian freelance reporter Jesse Rosenfeld has made the Middle East the focus of his work, and to make a living he has to keep up with constantly moving news targets. Freelancer on the Front Lines follows his journey across the region, showing us thorny geopolitical realities shaped by the events transforming the Middle East and exploring how journalism practices have changed in the age of the internet.


Tuesday 20 June 2017, 7:00 PM

Giles Duley and Emergency UK: What next for Mosul?

Join us for a discussion of Giles Duley’s most recent photography work from Erbil, Iraq. He will be joined by Emergency UK’s Dr Armour-Marshall who has just returned from the frontline.


Monday 10 April 2017, 7:00 PM

Screening: Letters from Baghdad + Q&A

Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original — Gertrude Bell — sometimes called the “female Lawrence of Arabia”. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the film tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. Bell traveled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence during WWI to help draw the borders of Iraq. This unforgettable documentary takes unique look at both a remarkable woman and the tangled history of Iraq, while transporting us into a past that is eerily current.


Tuesday 7 March 2017, 7:00 PM

Double Bill Screening: The Battle for Iraq & Hunting ISIS + Q&A

We are delighted to present a double bill screening of the films The Battle for Iraq (33′) and Hunting ISIS (24′) from PBS FRONTLINE. This screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Joshua Baker, Olivier Sarbil and others.


Wednesday 6 July 2016, 8:30 PM

First Wednesday: Chilcot and the Legacy of Iraq

Seven years after the announcement of the Iraq Inquiry by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the long-awaited Chilcot Inquiry report into the UK’s involvement in Iraq from 2001 until 2009 is finally due to be published on Wednesday 6 July. We will be joined by a panel of experts to hear their initial reactions to the report – and without the power to assign criminal culpability, we will consider its potential impact in bringing those accountable to justice and in assuring that a foreign policy disaster of this scale is not repeated.


Monday 4 July 2016, 7:00 PM

Understanding Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea

Although the ideology is little understood, salafi-jihadism has played a profound role in shaping global politics in recent years. With the unprecedented territorial gains and political rise of groups such as Al-Qaeda and Daesh, islamist extremism has become the most significant socio-religious force of our time. Join us to discuss the origins and evolution of the ideas behind salafi-jihadism, as well as its primary aims and growing prominence in recent years.


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.


January 29, 2016

War Zone Freelance Exhibition – The Story Behind the News

By Thomas Colson A panel of freelance journalists and photographers joined an audience at the Frontline Club on Thursday 28 January 2016 to discuss the story behind a new exhibition of freelance war photography. Osie Greenway, Anne Alling, Benjamin Hiller and Jeffry Ruigendijk introduced photography and footage from their time in the Middle East – particularly Iraq, Syria and Lebanon […]


Wednesday 6 January 2016, 7:00 PM

First Wednesday: The Fight Against Daesh

Since the Paris attacks on 13 November, world leaders have seemingly put grievances aside to unite in a newly energised fight against Daesh – but what can be achieved by bombing the already bombed-out cities of Syria? For the first First Wednesday of 2016 we will be bringing together a panel to discuss the diplomatic, logistical and ideological challenges of the fight against Daesh.


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 […]


May 21, 2015

Emma Sky: The Unravelling of Iraq

By Alexandra Sarabia On Wednesday 20 May, a conversation between Emma Sky and The Guardian’s Middle East editor, Ian Black, drew a packed house to the Frontline Club. Interested audience members and former colleagues of Sky were present to listen to the highly-regarded Iraq expert, and to celebrate and discuss her latest book, The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities […]


May 6, 2015

Granta: In Conversation with Janine di Giovanni and Charles Glass

By Amy McConaghy  On Tuesday 5 May, Middle East editor of Newsweek Janine di Giovanni and veteran broadcaster and journalist Charles Glass joined an audience at the Frontline Club for an insightful discussion chaired by Sigrid Rausing, editor of Granta magazine. Reflecting on the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and the human realities of war, di Giovanni and Glass discussed their recent […]


Wednesday 20 May 2015, 7:00 PM

In Conversation with Emma Sky: Iraq – The Unravelling

In what was only meant to be a three month trip, Emma Sky travelled to Iraq in 2003 having volunteered to help rebuild the country immediately after the invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein. She soon found herself as a political advisor to the US military and three months turned into a decade. She will be joining us in conversation with The Guardian‘s Middle East editor, Ian Black to share her unique insight into the US military, and the complexities, diversity and evolution of Iraqi society as documented in her new book The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.


January 15, 2015

UK’s Laws for Foreign Fighters Returning from Syria Need Nuance

By Graham Lanktree At the Frontline Club on 14 January, Shiraz Maher, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ISCR) at King’s College; Moazzam Begg, a former Guantánamo Bay prisoner turned activist with the UK group Cage; and former MI6 director of global counter-terrorism Richard Barrett, now […]


September 26, 2014

ISIS is here for a generation

By Richard Nield The threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the international network of militants it has spawned will be with us for a “generation”, according to experts speaking at the Frontline Club on Wednesday 24 September 2014.


June 26, 2014

Iraq on the Brink

By Elliott Goat “This started before Maliki and will go on long after Maliki.” – Hayder al-Khoei


Tuesday 24 June 2014, 7:00 PM

Iraq on the Brink

With a panel of experts we will take a view of events on the ground and the measures being taken by Iraq, its neighbours and the international community. Asking how ISIS has been able advance so quickly and what can be done to prevent further escalation of sectarian polarisation. We will also be looking at the new alliances that might be formed in this new front on the fight against extremism.


June 16, 2014

Return to Homs and the journey of two friends from pacifist protestors to rebel insurgents

By Sally Ashley-Cound Return to Homs follows two close friends and young revolutionaries as their beloved city is taken over by the army. Basset is a local football star, the goalkeeper for the Syrian national team who also became an iconic singer in the revolution, and Ossama is a media activist and pacifist. The intimate portrait shows how […]


May 14, 2014

On the frontline of defending women’s rights: A conversation with Human Rights Watch

By Anna Reitman The Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch joined The Guardian’s Liz Ford on Tuesday 13 May to discuss the highs and lows of the challenges faced in improving the lives of women and girls around the world. The event took place as the world’s attention focuses on Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls and subsequent failure to […]


September 5, 2013

Intervening in Syria: Not Another Iraq or Afghanistan

By Jim Treadway “It’s a town hall style meeting – we quickly come to you,” BBC 4‘s Paddy O’Connell told a sold-out First Wednesday audience at the Frontline Club yesterday evening.  The topic was intervention in Syria, and with four experts by his side, O’Connell led a lively back-and-forth with the night’s attendees. “Here we […]


April 11, 2013

The unreported price of war

By Natricia Duncan The occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst soldiers is being downplayed, claims author and former Territorial Army soldier Jake Wood. “When I got back from Afghan we had this briefing and it said that 99.9 per cent of soldiers will not suffer from PTSD. Clearly that’s bollocks” he said in a […]


March 21, 2013

The lessons learned from Iraq and living in a more sceptical age

by Sally Ashley-Cound The question of what has actually been learned from the Iraq war ten years on was put to a panel chaired by Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow at the Frontline Club on 20 March 2013.


Wednesday 10 April 2013, 7:00 PM

Soldiers’ Traumas – From World War Two to Afghanistan

Connecting the lives of soldiers in the Second World War and today in Afghanistan, veteran journalist and writer, Charles Glass and former soldier Jake Wood will be joining us to talk about their respective works, Deserter and Among You. Chaired by Frontline Club founder, Vaughan Smith.


Wednesday 20 February 2013, 7:00 PM

The future of British military engagement with the media

In light of more than ten years of conflict overseas, we examine the nature of the engagement between the British military and the media. As we see changes in the British military, the media, and the nature of conflict zones, how will this relationship develop?


December 14, 2012

#FCBBCA Israel and Iran: Countdown to war? – The report

By Jim Treadway Will 2013 see an escalation in tensions between Israel and Iran?  The Frontline Club in association with BBC Arabic brought together an expert panel to decipher the drumbeat of war and predict what 2013 may hold. Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow began by telling an audience at LSE’s Sheikh Zayed Theatre on 12 December, that the […]


November 14, 2012

Fixers: Explaining countries, cultures and revolutions

By Merryn Johnson Last night’s talk looked at the future of fixers in foreign reporting and at the relationships that develop when the ‘mad circus of the international press’ arrives to cover a news story, desperately needing to hide their ignorance of the country, culture and language. The discussion was chaired by Charles Glass, broadcaster, […]


September 12, 2012

Iraq Today: “A Sort of Grisly Stability” – Part 1

By Jim Treadway CBS News’ Elizabeth Palmer led an expert discussion at the Frontline Club on 11 September regarding the latest crush of violence in Iraq. The panel painted a portrait of a country desperately in need of peace, independence, rule of law, reconciliation with its traumatic past, and unity amidst hardening divisions along ethnic, class, […]