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25 Apr

War & Peace & War

Apr 25th, 6pm

Trapped in an Afghan jail in early 2022, veteran journalist Andrew North had several questions.

Why had he been taken? Would he be released unharmed? And how had the West spent twenty years in Afghanistan replacing the Taliban ... with the Taliban? Andrew North has reported from Afghanistan for the past two decades, including many years based in the country for the BBC.


Ukrainian Cathedral


Lindsey Hilsum

9 May

World Briefing: South Africa

May 9th, 6pm

South Africa’s election on May 29 is gearing up to be dramatic. Will it be the beginning of the end for Nelson Mandela’s ANC, how has Jacob Zuma's rival party MK grown so fast, and what coalitions might save the day?

In collaboration with Scrolla.Africa this session will get to grips with the latest about this crucial election, with a discussion about what it means for Africa’s biggest economy 30 years after the first democratic election.


The Conduit


Paul Van Zyl


Prof. Adam Habib

SOAS University

Nicole Fritz

Helen Suzman Foundation

Zukile Mayova


9 May

The Evolution of War

May 9th, 6.45pm

The bestselling historian and biographer Andrew Roberts made his reputation with landmark volumes on Napoleon and the Second World War. Now he joins historian and podcast superstar Tom Holland live on stage in London to explore what the last seventy years of conflict tell us about what the decades ahead will bring.


St James Church

Clerkenwell Close London EC1R 0EA



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Corinne Dufka, Matthew Mpoke Bigg, Nima Elbagir and Lindsey Hilsum.

Forever wars and the role of war reporting and its ability to generate empathy beyond the lens.

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Yaroslav Trofimov in conversation with Lindsey Hilsum.

Bringing together senior foreign correspondents and experts to discuss the big news stories of 2024.

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Negotiating with the Devil

Pierre Hazan, Claire Hajaj, Chris Morris.

Bringing together senior foreign correspondents and experts to discuss the big news stories of 2024.

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World Briefing 2024

Simon Wilson, Liz Sly, Ravi Mattu, Michael Bociurkiw.

Bringing together senior foreign correspondents and experts to discuss the big news stories of 2024.

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The Hong Kong Protests

Chung Ching Kwong, Stephen Vines, Chris Morris.

Three years after the protest in Hong Kong ended, authorities continue to punish those involved.

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Spy Wars

Calder Walton, Isabel Hilton. Neil Barnett, Dr. Andreas Krieg, Siama Mohsin.

A discussion on gloabl intelligence and national security.

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The Venues

The Conduit Club,

Covent Garden, London

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, London



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