RUSI Under 35 Forum: Shaping Perceptions: The Role of the Media in International Crises

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Marking the one year anniversary of the RUSI Under 35 Forum, this panel discussion will draw upon a range of perspectives to consider the role that the media plays in shaping perceptions about international crises.  In particular, this session will aim to examine how the media operate in, and respond to, challenging environments and the process of interaction between news media and foreign policy making during periods of international crisis. Panel speakers will pay particular attention to the Arab spring and on-going events in Syria. The session will then open up for wider discussion with the audience and will be followed by a networking drinks reception.

Confirmed panel speakers currently include:

Deborah Haynes, Defence Editor, The Times. Deborah has covered the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and most recently Libya. She made three trips to Libya this year, reporting from Tripoli on the start of the air campaign, covering the rebel surge into the capital from the Western Mountains and most recently reporting on the death of Muammar Gaddafi. As well as filing from overseas, Deborah spends a lot of time writing about defence and security issues at home, including the painful cuts and reforms that the Ministry of Defence is undergoing. Prior to joining The Times in 2007, Deborah worked for the Reuters news agency in London for just under one year and Agence France-Presse (AFP), the French news agency, for six years. She reported for AFP from Tokyo - where she was Economics Editor - Baghdad, Geneva and London. She started her career in 1999 as a producer for the London bureau of TV Tokyo, a Japanese television channel. Deborah speaks Japanese and French. She won the Amnesty International award for newspaper journalism in 2008 for a series on the plight of Iraqi interpreters in The Times. This series also won her the inaugural Bevins Prize for investigative journalism.

Professor Anatol Lieven, Department of War Studies, King's College London. Anatol Lieven has a BA in history and a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge. From 1986 to 1998 he worked as a British journalist, mainly in the former Soviet Union and South Asia. During this period he covered the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Chechen war of 1994-96 and other conflicts. In recent years Anatol Lieven has worked chiefly on aspects of the "war on terror", including contemporary US global strategy and its background in US history and political culture. He writes a monthly column for the Financial Times, and is published frequently in other newspapers and journals. He is a member of the editorial board of the National Interest and a convenor of the Russia and Eurasia Security Research Group. Professor Lieven has travelled extensively for research in Pakistan and other parts of the Muslim world. His recent book, 'Pakistan: A Hard Country' was selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of the '2011 Books of Year.'

Shashank Joshi, Research Fellow, RUSI. Shashank Joshi is a Research Fellow at RUSI and a doctoral student of international relations at Harvard University's Department of Government. He specialises in international security in South Asia and the Middle East.He holds Masters degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, and previously graduated with a Starred First in politics and economics from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. During 2007-8, he was a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States. He has taught as a supervisor and teaching fellow at both Cambridge and Harvard, and also worked for the the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Moscow on electoral analysis and democratic training projects,  Citigroup in New York in their regulatory reporting division,  and in RUSI's Asia Programme on India and global security issues. He is a graduate of the Columbia-Cornell Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS). He has published peer-reviewed work in academic journals, commented on international affairs for radio and television, and written for newspapers including the New York Times, Financial Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, and Foreign Policy.

This event is open exclusively to members of the Under 35 Forum. To find out more about the Under 35 Forum please visit

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