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Whatever Happened to the War Song?
On the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Humphrey Hawksley has been trying to find the modern heirs to those guitar-hero singer-songwriters who wrote so many anti-war anthems in the 1960s. Lyrics once tackled the trauma of the Vietnam generation – but does America today have any appetite for ballads about war in Iraq or Afghanistan? Listen here

Ukraine crisis: Could Trans-Dniester be next?
Russia's annexation of Crimea has led some to wonder whether any other former Soviet countries could follow. The separatist region of Trans-Dniester has already offered itself to Moscow - a request which Russia has promised to consider.

Can Slavery End?
For the first time in 84 years, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will this week decide on reforms to its convention on forced labour. This is a global practice in which millions of workers live in a form of modern slavery.

Vietnam is no easy target for China
China's recent decision to force a showdown with Vietnam in waters around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea tempers an argument that has gained momentum in recent months -- that is, with the growing assertiveness of Russia in Ukraine and China in East Asia, a weakening U.S. is being challenged by increasingly confident authoritarian governments.

 

See more of Humphrey's work including his television broadcasts and dispatches from the famous program From Our Own Correspondent.

 

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On Little Diomede, American-Russian border, July 2015. Russia is behind him
Click here: The Divided Families of the Ice Curtain

HUMPHREY HAWKSLEY IS a foreign correspondent, author and commentator on world affairs.

His work as a BBC foreign correspondent has taken him all over the world. He was expelled from Sri Lanka, opened the BBC’s television bureau in China, arrested in Serbia and initiated a global campaign against enslaved children in the chocolate industry. The campaign continues today.

His television documentaries include The Curse of Gold and Bitter Sweet  examining human rights abuse in global trade; Aid Under Scrutiny on the failures of international development; Old Man Atom that investigates the global nuclear industry; and Danger: Democracy at Work on the risks of bringing Western-style democracy too quickly to some societies.

Humphrey is the author of the acclaimed 'Future History' series Dragon StrikeDragon Fire and The Third World War  that explores world conflict.   He has published four international thrillers, Ceremony of Innocence, Absolute Measures, Red Spirit and Security Breach, together with the non-fiction Democracy Kills: What’s so good about the Vote - a tie-in to his TV documentary on the pitfalls of the  modern-day path to democracy from dictatorship.  

His work has appeared in the The Guardian, The Times,Financial Times, International Herald TribuneYale Global and other publications.  His university lectures include Columbia, Cambridge, University College London and the London Business School. He is a regular  speaker and panellist including at Intelligence Squared and the Royal Geographical Society, and he has presented his work and moderated at many literary festivals.