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The Ukraine Conflict: Where Are We At and Where Are We Headed?

30 May @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shocked and appalled in equal measure. Such naked aggression and scenes of brutality were not expected to the European backdrop of the 21st Century, yet Vladimir Putin’s regime flouts international norms and humanitarian codes of conduct with abandon. But as the war heads towards the three month mark, and despite the devastation caused by the Russian assault, free Ukraine continues to stand bloodied but unbowed. Russia’s war objectives remain unclear, and given the staunchness of…

Is It Too Late for Justice in Syria?

8 June @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

More than half a million people have been killed in the course of the Syrian conflict, and more than 13 million displaced across the world. At least 100,000 Syrians still languish in the country’s prisons, and the families of hundreds of thousands wait for confirmation of the fate of their loved ones – many of whom were likely tortured to death. While it appears that the Syrian government and its allies won the military battle, is the window for accountability…

France: What’s Next?

9 June @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In April, after what was seen as the closest race thus far, Emmanuel Macron secured a historic victory and will remain the President of France for another five years. While Macron has managed to do something no other president has achieved – to win re-election while still being in charge of his own government – many challenges await him in the run up to the forthcoming National Assembly elections. Notably, he is disliked by many and often labelled as ‘the president…

Restoring Public Confidence in Protest Policing in the UK

20 June @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain and Black Lives Matter have tested the limits of protest, free expression, and civic norms to their limits. Self-proclaimed 'protesters' have deliberately sought to not only maximise the loudness of their voices but also the inconvenience and disruption that their actions caused. Activists have shut roads, public transport, destroyed property, and threatened to bring whole industries to a standstill. The police, meanwhile, have struggled to respond to this sudden shift. On occasions, police have gone too far. On other occasions, the law itself…

The Age of the Strongman: How the Cult of the Leader Threatens Democracy Around the World

22 June @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Since the beginning of the millennium, when Vladimir Putin took power in Russia, authoritarian leaders have come to dominate global politics. Self-styled strongmen have risen to power in Moscow, Beijing, Delhi, Brasilia, Budapest, Ankara, Riyadh and Washington. How and why did this new style of strongman leadership arrive? How likely is it to lead to war or economic collapse? And what forces are in place not only to keep these strongmen in check but to reverse the trend? Everywhere they…

Butler to the World. How Britain Became a Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals

29 June @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Suez Crisis of 1956 was Britain's twentieth-century nadir, the moment when the once superpower was bullied into retreat. In the immortal words of former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson, 'Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role.' But the funny thing was, Britain had already found a role. It even had the costume. The leaders of the world just hadn't noticed it yet. 'Butler to the World' reveals how the UK took up its position at…

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