Special Events

The Great Game: Discussions


Tuesday 3 August, 8pm
Aiding Afghanistan

Panellists include:

Ryan Gawn, advisor in Eastern Afghanistan to international organisations on their engagement with the Afghan private sector.
Shaheen Chughtai, Humanitarian Policy Officer for Oxfam
Elizabeth Winter, founder member of Afghanaid, founder member of BAAG, the umbrella group of British NGOs working in Afghanistan.

Tuesday 10 August, 8pm
Governing Afghanistan

His Excellency the Afghan Ambassador

Hashim Alavi, previously National Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary General’s UN Mission in Afghanistan

Tuesday 17 August, 8pm
Soldiering Afghanistan

Patrick Hennessey, served on operational tours to Afghanistan in 2007, where he became the youngest Captain in the Army and was commended for gallantry.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Pitchfork MC served in Afghanistan for seven months in 2007-08 as a company commander with 1st Battalion, the Royal Gurkha rifles, conducting operations across the south of the country in partnership with Afghan, US, Canadian, Dutch and Australian forces.

Major Giles Harris DSO MBE served as a company commander with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, last summer. Operations included seizing ground in Nad-e Ali District as part of OPERATION PANTHER’S CLAW, and subsequently securing and facilitating the stabilisation effort there.

Lt. Alex Brown served on the current Herrick Operation with the 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles from March to the end of May, when he was injured during a contact with the Taleban, having to be evacuated for treatment before returning to battalion.

Tuesday 24 August, 8pm
Reporting Afghanistan

Panellists include:

Christina Lamb, Sunday Times Foreign Affairs Correspondent and author of The Sewing Circles of Herat

David Loyn, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent and author of Butcher and Bolt.

Kamal Behzadi, founding member of the BBC World Service Pashto Section, working with them for 22 years until his retirement.

Mark Townsend, Defence and Legal Affairs Correspondent of the Observer, recently shortlisted for the 2008 David Watt Prize for Afghan dispatches. 

Tickets: £5 (£4 reductions)

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