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.
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...
Culture Wars: A Conversation
150 years after ‘Culture War’ (Kulturkampf) was first used to describe the clash between church and state in Prussia, and three decades after sociologist James Davison Hunter popularised the term, we see the US embroiled in often-violent divisions and increasingly divisive debate here in the UK on everything from language and storytelling to flags and masks. But to what extent are these tensions ‘wars’, exacerbated by social media and the press, or the normal heightened ‘conversatio...