The first decade of the 21st Century saw an unprecedented rise in non-state diplomacy within the cultural sector both at home and abroad.
Beyond Borders brings together a charismatic panel of cultural leaders to explore why. The panel includes Lord Falconer, Former Lord Chancellor and Chair of the John Smith Memorial Trust; Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council; Deputy Editor of Granta Magazine, Ellah Allfrey, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, High Representative to UK of the KRG; Aaron Cezar of the Delfina Foundation, while writer, art critic and philosopher Dr. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, asks the questions.
This event is sponsored by the Kurdistan Regional Government
Allan Little in conversation with Former Secretary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, Paul Van Zyl, and President de Klerk’s defence minister Roelf Meyer as he recounts how he came to release Nelson Mandela to create the Rainbow Nation.
Join a discussion with Cengiz Çandar, senior political columnist of the liberal Turkish daily Radikal, Kerim Yildiz, Director of the Democractic Progress Institute, former UN diplomat and Ambassador in Ankara, Sir Kieran Prendergast and Tûba Çandar, biographer of Hrant Dink, as they talk to Mark Muller Stuart QC about the Future of Turkey.
Join Allan Little as he talks to Channel 4 News International Editor and author of Sandstorm Lindsey Hilsum and photographer Guy Martin, who has covered conflicts from Sudan to Iraq and documented the Arab Spring, about the increasing risks to journalists in documenting conflict.
Meet one of the world’s leading conductors, Maestro Valery Gergiev, as he talks to James Naughtie about his life, the power of music to uplift and heal, and how Russia convinced FIFA to let it host the world cup. Geoffrey Baskerville introduces.
Veteran diplomat and former UK Special Envoy, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, discusses his experience of Afghanistan and Pakistan with the Scottish editor of the Times, Magnus Linklater.
Join International Criminal Tribunal judge Ben Emmerson QC, former head of UNDPA, Sir Kieran Prendergast, Roelf Meyer and Lindsey Hilsum as they discuss how to achieve stability in Syria and whether military intervention, the use of
targeted drone strikes and the use of other more controversial war on terror methods leads to a more stable world.
James Naughtie, Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Tam Dalyell and Magnus Linklater discuss the likely effect of the referendum and the Leveson enquiry on the British Union.
Join Steve Crawshaw Pamela Hogan, Richard Demarco and Paul Van Zyl as they discuss with resident Colombian philosopher Dr. Oscar Guardiola Rivera how the arts are being used to highlight resistance and promote change around the world.
How do small nations maintain their cultural and political independence in a world of rising global powers in the 21st Century?
What now for the Responsibility to Protect? After NATO’s successful intervention in Libya and the UN faltering peace plan in Syria, a panel of experts discuss the future of humanitarian and democratic interventions around the world.