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Buxton International Festival

Perspectives - Who’s afraid of the cold?

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Please note: this event has moved to St John's Church at the slightly later time of 2.30pm.

The poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and the resultant expulsion of Russian diplomats from the UK indicate a second Cold War that has been developing since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

In March 2018 the Russian Embassy tweeted about plunging temperatures between the two countries and ended with the assertion that Russians are not afraid of the cold!

Are we really entering a second Cold War? And if so, in what way will it differ from the cloak and dagger world of the first? Peter Hennessy is joined by Sir David Omand to explore the realities and the ramifications.

David Omand is former Director of GCHQ, he is visiting professor in the War Studies department Kings College London and an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He served for seven years on the UK Joint Intelligence Committee and was previously UK Joint Intelligence Committee co-ordinator. He has written extensively on security and intelligence matters and his most recent book Principled Spying, co-authored with Mark Pythian, explores the ethics of secret intelligence.

Peter Hennessy FBA spent 20 years in journalism with spells on The Times, the Financial Times and The Economist and as a presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme. He sits as an independent crossbench peer in the House of Lords as Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield.

  • Duration: 1hr 30mins
  • Price: £15