Independent Thinking: London conference special

Episode 32 of our weekly podcast was recorded live at our conference, held on 29 June 2023.

Audio Published 30 June 2023 Updated 16 October 2023 30 minute listen

Independent Thinking is live from the London conference 2023 this week. Guests discuss the war in Ukraine, the Wagner Group mutiny and Vladimir Putin’s weakening grip on power.

Later in the show we look at increasing tensions within the international system: how can the UK, as a ‘middle power’, manage these tensions with an increasingly fragile economy and Brexit?

Finally on the podcast, we announce the winner of the 2023 Chatham House prize: awarded every year to the person, persons, or organization deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.

The prize is voted for by Chatham House members following nominations from the institute’s staff. The winner this year is President Zelenskyy of Ukraine.

Joining Bronwen Maddox on the podcast this week is Garry Kasparov, a world-renowned Russian chess grandmaster, turned ardent critic of Vladimir Putin; Jonathan Powell, the former chief of staff for Tony Blair; Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator at the Financial Times and Orysia Lutsevych, the head of our Ukraine Forum here at Chatham House.

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Independent Thinking is a weekly international affairs podcast hosted by our director Bronwen Maddox, in conversation with leading policymakers, journalists, and Chatham House experts providing insight on the latest international issues.

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