Asian Affairs Dinner Club: The rise of Islamic State and prospects for the future

Mr Con Coughlin, Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph

will speak on the subject of

The rise of Islamic State and prospects for the future

Con is a world-renowned expert on global security and terrorism issues.

He graduated from Oxford in 1977 where he specialized in the Industrial Revolution. From university he went straight into journalism with the Reading Evening Post and joined the Daily Telegraph in 1970 as a general news reporter. During this time he covered a series of major crime stories e.g. the Yorkshire Ripper and the Brixton riots. He became a foreign correspondent, covering among others the US invasion of Grenada in 1983 and, based in Beirut, the Lebanese civil war. In 1985 he was appointed the Telegraph’s Middle East correspondent, opened the newspaper’s bureau in Jerusalem and spent the next three years covering a multitude of stories in the region, narrowly escaping being kidnapped by Hezbollah gunmen in April 1986. He returned to London in 1989 and became the Chief Foreign Correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph and subsequently becoming Foreign Editor in 1997 and Executive Editor in 1999. He re-joined the Daily Telegraph as the Defence & Security Editor in 2006 after a brief spell writing for the Daily Mail. He has written a number of books including:
Hostage: The Complete Story of the Lebanese Captives
A Golden Basin Full of Scorpions – BBC John Simpson’s Book of the Year
A Biography of Saddam Hussein, the US edition of which ‘Saddam: King of Terror’ was a NY Times best seller in 2003
American Ally: Tony Blair and the War on Terror
Khomeini’s Ghost in 2009, a study of the life of Ayatollah Khomeini
Churchill’s First War: Young Winston and the Taliban

27 April 2015

Where: The meeting will be held at the David Lloyd George Room of the National Liberal Club. Members are asked to arrive in good time to allow dinner to be served promptly at 7.30 pm. A pre-dinner drink will be available from 7.00 pm in the Smoking Room. Dress is Lounge Suit/equivalent. Members may bring guests but they must be informed that the Club’s proceedings are conducted under the “Chatham House Rule”: “When a meeting or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

Only RSAA members who are also members of the Dinner Club and their guests are eligible to attend this event.

Tickets: RSAA Members only: £50 plus subscription to the Asian Affairs Dinner Club (£10 single/£15 couple)

25 OCT


Report back on the Society Tour to Jordan

Where: 7.00 pm start at Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 - between Euston Station and Euston Square tube.

Tickets: Members and their guests only

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