York Festival Of Ideas – War and Peace: Threats to global security

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York Festival Of Ideas – War and Peace: Threats to global security

19 June @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Taking place from 11 to 24 June this year, the Festival offers over 150 mostly free in-person and online events.

This year’s Festival programme includes a Focus Day on ‘War and Peace: Threats to global security’. The events are hybrid, and people can either attend one event in the series or come along for the whole day. Either way, attendance is free.

Ukraine: Causes, consequences and implications for global security, Sunday 19 June, 11am to
12.30pm (in person and online)
Our panel of experts – award-winning broadcaster, journalist and writer Gavin Esler, who has won
several awards, including two for The Big Steal, his podcast series about Vladimir Putin; historian and
writer Olesya Khromeychuk who specialises in the history of East-Central Europe; and Ambassador
Stefano Pontecorvo – discuss the causes, consequences and implications of the invasion and war in

Europe’s Role in Defence and Security on a World Stage, Sunday 19 June, 1.15pm to 2.45pm (in
person and online)
Join our global experts as they explore the European Union’s role in global defence and security, and
discuss how the shifting geopolitical landscape poses threats that call for a unified and robust
response. With Deputy Director General at Royal United Services Institute, Malcolm Chalmers;
political scientist and Emeritus Professor at the European University Institute, Brigid Laffan; and
historian of Russia, Shane O’Rourke.
Europe and the Radical Right: Where next for democracy and authoritarianism? Sunday 19 June,
3.30pm to 4.45pm (in person and online)
In this panel discussion, we examine the multiple social, economic, cultural and political causes for
the rise in popularity of the radical right across Europe. Speakers include historian, Booker Prize
finalist and former politician, Michael Ignatieff; editor-in-chief of the Liberal Culture Weekly and
director of the Liberal Culture Foundation, Jaroslaw Kuisz; and cyber security expert and Director of
the Digital Society Institute, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar.

These Festival Focus events are presented in collaboration with The Morrell Centre for Legal and
Political Philosophy, which is generously supported by the C and JB Morrell Trust.
The full Festival programme can be explored at yorkfestivalofideas.com.
Stay up to date with all things related to the Festival by following York Festival of Ideas on social
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19 June
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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