Tim Marshall: Worth Dying For?
Chair: Martin Bright
One of the finest geopolitical analysts of our day, bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall, examines the relationship between flags, national identity and nationalism. In conversation with journalists Martin Bright and Simon Kuper, Marshall analyses what these symbols represent and how they relate to the renewed sense of nationalism in China, the troubled identities in Europe and the USA, and the international potency and threat of Islamic State. Drawing on more than 25 years of reporting across the globe, he brings a comprehensive understanding of international terrorism and how and why nations clash, while Kuper sheds new light on the resurgence of patriotic chauvinism and the political tensions within France as the elections approach.
Simon Kuper joined the Financial Times in 1994. He wrote the daily currencies column, before leaving the newspaper in 1998. He returned in 2002 as a sports columnist and has been there ever since. Nowadays he writes a general column for the Weekend FT on all manner of topics from politics to books; and on cities including London, Paris, Johannesburg and Miami.
Tim Marshall is the author of the Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Tell You Everything You Need to Know about Global Politics. It has been a Book of the Month choice for Stanfords and Waterstones, and a Book of the Year for Daunts. Tim has been a foreign correspondent for over thirty years. Until last year he was Foreign Affairs Editor at Sky News, and now edits the world affairs blog, www.thewhatandthewhy.com, appearing regularly on Sky News, BBC Politics and LBC.
Martin Bright is former Political Editor of the JC and a former political editor of the New Statesman. He worked for the BBC World Service and the Guardian before becoming the Observer's education correspondent and then home affairs editor. He is founder of a youth employment charity, The Creative Society, and writes a regular column for Society.