In War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times, Linda Polman argues that from Rwanda to Afghanistan, Sudan to Iraq, the humanitarian aid industry, the media and warmongers the world over are locked in a cycle of mutual support. Polman, one of the most intrepid and brilliantly incisive journalists of our times, discusses the key players in this twisted game – from aid-workers to warlords – in a controversial exposé from the front lines of the humanitarian aid industry. Linda will speak 19.00-20.00 and then a panel of leading academics, commentators and campaigners will respond. Speakers include Mark Duffield, Jeffrey Henderson and Martin Gainsborough, from the University of Bristol.
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Linda Polman is the author of We Did Nothing: Why the Truth Doesn’t Always Come Out When the UN Goes In, which was shortlisted for the Lettre Ulysses and the Index on Censorship awards. She studied at the School of Journalism in Utrecht and for the past twenty years has been a freelance journalist for international radio, TV and newspapers; she is a contributor to The Times and the Guardian.
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