Festival 2022 Saturday 26 February - Sunday 06 March | Tickets now on sale

Rafael Behr

Rafael Behr is a political columnist and leader writer for the Guardian. He is a former Political Editor for the New Statesman, Chief Leader Writer and Online Editor for The Observer, a business news reporter for BBC online and a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times, based in the Baltic region and Russia. Rafael is a regular contributor to Prospect Magazine, a guest on BBC and Sky News and host of the Politics on the Couch podcast. Before becoming a journalist, Rafael was a political risk analyst covering countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He studied modern languages Merton College, Oxford and took a Master’s degree in Russian Studies at the School for Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.
Culture Wars: A Conversation
The battle for dominance in society between conflicting values is nothing new. The term ‘Culture War’ (Kulturkampf) was first used in 1870s Prussia, on the clash between the church and the Bismarck-controlled state. Sociologist James Davison Hunter popularised the term in 1991 to describe not only tensions between the ‘orthodox’ and ‘progressives’ to define America, but ‘a heightened awareness of culture itself and those who seek to shape it’. ...
Bernard-Henri Lévy & Elif Shafak: Misery, Hope and the Humanitarian Crisis
In-hall tickets are priced at £18.50 At-home streaming tickets can be booked for £12.50 by following this link Two of the world’s most respected thinkers and speakers come together for the first time, live in London and streaming wherever you are. Bernard-Henri Lévy returns to Jewish Book Week ahead of the publication The Will to Se...