John Simpson, CBE, BBC World Affairs Editor

Chairs the first in a series of live debates on global issues


“RUSSIA & the WEST. Where do we go from here?”


Thursday 23rd November 2023 

6.30pm Reception, followed by debate at 7.30pm

The Olivier Theatre, St Edwards School, Oxford.



John Simpson, CBE, is the leading foreign and war correspondent of his generation and is World Affairs Editor of BBC News.



Sir Laurie Bristow: British Ambassador to Russia from 2016 to 2020 and  British Ambassador to Afghanistan during the fall of Kabul between June and November 2021.

Andrei Soldatov: a Russian investigative journalist, , currently writing for Foreign Affairs.  He is co founder and editor of, a watchdog on the Russian secret services activities. He has been reporting on the FSB since 1999 for major Russian newspapers.  He is a senior fellow of the Centre for European Policy Analysis and a fellow of Kings College London.

Sam Greene: Professor in Russian politics at King’s College London. Formerly director of the Centre for the study of New Media and Society in Moscow, and deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre.

Sarah Rainsford: BBC Eastern Europe correspondent, formerly BBC Moscow correspondent until her expulsion in August 2021.

Ticket Price: £15 (without student concession)

The full price of the ticket will be given to Asylum Welcome, a UK charity helping asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants living in Oxfordshire.

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