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.
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.
On Monday 15 September, the Clubroom hosted another fascinating night of discussion following the presentation of Patrick Cockburn’s new book, Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising.
Following the success of our BookNights with Carlotta Gall, Tim Butcher and Nick Davies, it is our honour – Ed and mine – to announce the next two forthcoming dinners.
Following the success of our members’ BookNights with Carlotta Gall, Tim Butcher and Nick Davies, we welcome Patrick Cockburn, who will – with striking topicality – talk about his new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising.
For more information about membership and the other benefits on offer, please contact Membership Coordinator, Sophie Kayes.
By Antonia Roupell On Wednesday 16 October animated anecdotes, socio-political retrospectives and media insights dominated the discussion about the fascinating life of talented journalist Alexander Cockburn. Chaired by journalist and broadcaster Charles Glass, the event at the Frontline Club hosted Cockburn’s brother and Middle East correspondent since 1979, Patrick Cockburn, as well as Ellin Stein, author of the […]
By Dan Tookey The month of Ramadan is usually a time for festivities and celebration but in Syria there is little to rejoice about. The United Nations has estimated around 93,000 Syrians have died since the civil war began in 2011 and the number of refugees fleeing the country recently exceeded 1.5 million. On Wednesday […]
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, […]
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, […]
By Lizzie Kendal In the past few months a fresh wave of violence has swept through Iraq. The 23 July saw the worst of these attacks when a string of coordinated bombings and shootings in 15 cities across the country left over 100 people dead and many more injured. But do these recent events really […]
Colleagues of the journalist Alexander Cockburn have written tributes to the CounterPunch co-editor and The Nation columnist following his death last Friday in Berlin. The Nation magazine asked friends and colleagues who worked with Cockburn during his prolific career to share their memories. Among them were his CounterPunch co-editor Jeffrey St Clair who wrote of […]
Thank God for journalists like Patrick Cockburn: diligent, intelligent, clear-eyed, brave, experienced. In Muqtada al Sadr and the Fall of Iraq, his third book on the country, he assembles a narrative out of the conflicting mash of self-serving accounts, propaganda and rumour over the last bloody five years. In doing so, he renders all of […]
I always have a sense of dread when I drive through Baghdad. I don’t really want it to go away because it keeps me worried and alert. I see everything in terms of potential threat. Who is manning the next checkpoint? Is it the army or police? Or are the men in uniform I see […]
Patrick Cockburn’s latest book, The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq opens with the following words: “It has been the strangest war. It had hardly begun in 2003 when President George W. Bush announced on May 1 that it was over: the American mission had been accomplished. Months passed before Washington and London realised that […]