Join the debate on February 4th, when the BBC’s star international correspondent Lyse Doucet will be chairing a line-up of Middle East experts, including Hurst author Madawi Al-Rasheed. 

5 Feb 2019 – 18.00 - 20.30
King's College London
Mike Martin: Why We Fight

Dr Mike Martin will make the argument that conflict scholarship, and prevention, must increasingly look to biology and psychology in order to explain the most essential and everlasting question in our field: why do humans fight?

As part of the celebration of Blackwell’s 140th Anniversary, a new series of talks will be launched by Dr Adrian Massey and Dr Youssef El-Gingihy, who will be talking about their new books and the state of the NHS.

Seventy years on, at the heart of one of the world’s most volatile regions, in a country that still struggles to define itself, was it ever possible for Israel to become the moral super state?

5 Mar 2019 – 20.30
Jewish Book Week
Lipika Pelham at Jewish Book Week

Lipika Pelham charts the captivating history of Amsterdam’s Jews, from their integral role in the Dutch economic miracle and the Enlightenment to a sombre coda in 1942, when the Nazis herded them into the ‘Jewish Theatre’ for deportation to the camps.

Join us for an evening with William J Burns, the long-serving American diplomat and Foreign Service Officer who President Obama praised as a man who “doesn’t speak loud, but actually has something to say”. Burns entered the Foreign Service in 1982, and overaaa

2 Apr 2019 – 14.00
Oxford Literary Festival
The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges Aatish Taseer

Novelist Aatish Taseer talks about his search for the Brahmins and his attempt to understand his own estrangement from India through their ties to tradition.

One of America’s most distinguished diplomats William Burns throws light on some of the biggest episodes of recent decades including the end of the Cold War and the post-9/11 climate and makes a case for the enduring power of diplomacy in a volatile world.