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22 Feb

This is War

Feb 22nd, 6pm

War reporters discuss the impact of war, the role of war reporting, and the capacity for empathy that extends beyond the lens.

Corinne Dufka, known for covering conflicts from El Salvador to Africa, underwent a transformative shift in perspective after missing the 1998 al-Qaida bombings. Instead of empathy, she felt regret for not documenting the tragedy, prompting her to move away from photography. Dufka transitioned to taking testimonies and working as a criminal investigator for the UN war crimes court.


The Conduit London


Lindsey Hilsum


Corinne Dufka

Human Rights Watch

Matthew Mpoke Bigg

New York Times

Lindsey Hilsum

Channel 4 News

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



Ukraine War

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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Andrey Kurkov

In conversation with Lindsey Hilsum. Ukraine‘s most celebrated writer

joins us to discuss Ukraine’s literature, culture and the War with Russia.

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The Iranian Uprising

Ramita Navai, Negin Shiraghaei Kootenaei, Jiyar Gol, Azadeh Pourzand

IOn the anniversary of the killing of Mahsa Amini by Iran’s morality police, we will discuss the nationwide protests, the regime's power, its weakening, and Iran's future.

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This is Europe

Katy Fallon, Ben Judah, Ravishaan Rahel Muthiah

IWhat more should be done to try to ensure the safety of refugees, and how can a fairer and more humane system of asylum and migration be established?

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Pakistan Politics

Christina Lamb, Saima Mohsin, Secunder Kermani

Is Imran Khan A Catalyst for Change in Pakistan's Political Landscape?

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With Luke Harding, The Guardian's foreign correspondent.

Reportage from the front line of the Ukraine war.

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The MPs We Deserve

With Sir Anthony Seldon, Martin Bell, Zoë Grünewald & Chris Morris.

In 1999 Martin Bell became an 'anti-sleaze' MP, but things seem to be getting worse as Parliament becomes more synonymous with the S-word.

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The Female Gaze

With Shoair Mavlian, Fiona Shields, Hannah Starkey.

Moderated by Carol Storey.

Photographers continue to challenge traditional notions of gender, power, beauty, and identity by showing the world through a female lens.

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The State of Play in US Presidential Elections

With Susan Glasser, Julie Norman, Frank Langfitt, Michael Goldfarb. Moderated by Chris Morris.

Is 2024 going to be just as polarizing and divisive as 2020, and will American democracy be put to the test again?

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A personal history of Europe

Lindsey Hilsum in conversation with Timothy Garton Ash, one of our best writers on Europe.

From his father's memories of D-Day and his own surveillance at the hands of the Stasi, as well as advising prime ministers, chancellors and presidents.

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Putin's War in Ukraine

Dr Jade McGlynn, Irina Borogan and Kerry Brown discuss Putin's war in Ukraine, support at home and China's role. What do the authorities in Beijing make of the man who started, and continues to wage, the biggest war in Europe since 1945.Moderated by Chris Morris.

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War, Rape & International Justice

Christina Lamb and Philippe Sands KC discuss the obstacles to prosecuting the crime of rape and why successful convictions are so rare. Moderated by Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor for Channel 4 News.

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World Briefing 2023

A panel discussion with foreign correspondents looking at the big stories of 2023. Moderated by Michael Bociurkiw with speakers, Anne McElvoy,

Nima Elbagir, Roland Oliphant, Karoline Kan, Jon Lee Anderson, Yogita Limaye.

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Communicating Climate Crisis

How are governments, scientists, experts and climate activists communicating the urgency of climate change. With Solitaire Townsend, Luke Douglas-Home, Daze Aghaji, Mattia Romani, Margaret Klein Salamon.

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The Iranian Uprising

The protests sparked by the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini at the hands of the morality police quickly evolved into a national uprising. Moderated by Ramita Navai. With Jiyar Gol, Roham Alvandi and Nazenin Ansari.

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Now is the time to make peace in Ukraine

Mary Dejevsky and Peter Hitchens v Svitlana Morenets and Edward Lucas. Moderated by Nathan Hodge, senior editor with CNN in London.

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China & Xi's Rule

China’s tensions with the West over Taiwan, the regional issues and Hong Kong, the economy and the Zero-Covid strategy, the environmental response and also China’s wider influence and investment in infrastructure and tech. Isabel Hilton, Yu Jie, James Kynge.

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The Venues

The Conduit Club,

Covent Garden, London

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, London



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