2024 Festival Event

Laurrie Bristow

Laurie Bristow – ‘Kabul: Final Call’

Sir Laurie Bristow was the last British Ambassador to Afghanistan and one of the last civilians to leave Kabul in August 2021. Everyone watched the events unfold in Afghanistan with horror as western military forces withdrew and the Taliban recaptured political power. In conversation with military specialist Brigadier Ben Barry, Laurie Bristow explains the events leading up to those last days and the emergency evacuation of 15,000 vulnerable Afghans to safety. Kabul – Final Call analyses the causes, meaning and human cost of the disaster in Afghanistan.

Laurie Bristow - Kabul Final Call

Brigadier Ben Barry OBE works at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and has written extensively on military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sarajevo.

Brigadier Barry
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2024 Festival Schedule

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6pm

8pm

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2pm

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6pm

8pm

10am

12n

2pm

4pm

6pm

8pm

A printed version of this schedule can be found on the back of the programme booklet available at the Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Road.