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Thursday, November 16 • 14:00 - 15:15
Investigating the Arms Trade

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The sales of weapons and military technology is big business, both legal and illegal. Since the outbreak of the war in Syria weapons have flooded that region. What are the sources of the global arms trade? Who are the people making fortunes from war? What are the pipelines and who are the brokers behind them? How can you get your hand on documentation of weapon sales and check if they are legit? These are not just stories of shady dealers but also of corrupt governments, as in India where it took digging to expose the Choppergate scandal involving helicopter sales tied to politicians and military officials.

This all-star panel will help you follow the trail of weapons and money around the world.


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Keith Richburg

Director, Journalism & Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University
Keith B. Richburg spent 34 years with The Washington Post as a reporter, editor and primarily a foreign correspondent. Starting as a summer intern and City Hall reporter, he moved to the Foreign Desk in 1986. He was the Post’s Bureau Chief for Southeast Asia based in Manila from 1986-90; Bureau Chief for Africa from 1991-1995; Bureau Chief for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia from 1995-2000, covering the Hong Kong Handover and the Asian economic crisis; Bureau Chief in Paris covering Western Europe and terrorism from 2000-2005; and Bureau Chief in China from 2010-2013, based in Beijing and Shanghai. Keith was also The Washington Post’s Foreign Editor from 2005-2007. He covered the war in Afghanistan, riding in on horseback with Northern Alliance troops in 2001, and reported on the 2003 invasion in Iraq and the Second Palestinian intifada on the West Bank and Gaza. | Keith’s coverage has won numerous awards, including two George Polk Awards, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His 1997 book, Out Of America, chronicles his travels across Africa. He has taught journalism at Princeton University and was a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics... Read More →

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Jelena Cosic

investigative journalist, BIRN
Jelena Cosic has worked as the Project Coordinator for BIRN’s Summer School of Investigative Reporting for the last three years. As the Project Coordinator, Jelena handles all operational and programme matters for the Summer School. Prior to joining BIRN, Jelena was a reporter f... Read More →
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Lawrence Marzouk

Investigative Editor, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network
Lawrence Marzouk leads cross-border teams of journalists, deploying huge volumes of Freedom of Information requests, scraping and old fashioned reporting tricks to delve into high-level corruption. In the past 18 months, he has focussed his attention on uncovering and tracking the unprecedented flow of weapons from the Balkans to the Middle East as wars rage in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Thanks to flight and ship tracking data, social media postings, undercover footage and lots of leaked documents, his team has uncovered two distinct multi-billion-dollar weapons pipelines, exposed the misleading documents on which they rely, and revealed the controversial dealers at its heart of the trade and the governments that are war profiteering. One of the stories in the series is shortlisted for a Global Shining Light award at this... Read More →
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Manu Pubby

Deputy Editor, ThePrint
Manu Pubby has been working extensively on defence, security and investigative projects for mainstream Indian English newspapers for the past 12 years. He was conferred four national press awards for investigative/field reporting, including the Ramnath Goenka Award for excellence in Journalism twice. Major investigative projects include a corruption scandal around the AgustaWestland choppers sale to the Indian government, which was cancelled after his series in the Indian Express.Twitter... Read More →
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Sarah Topol

Journalist, freelance & contributing writer for the New York Times magazine
Sarah A. Topol is a contributing writer for the The New York Times Magazine. Her work has also been published in the Atlantic, Businessweek, Esquire, Foreign Policy, Fortune, GQ, Harper’s, Matter, Newsweek, the New Republic, New York Magazine, Outside, Playboy, Popular Science, Politico... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 14:00 - 15:15
Wits Science Stadium - 2nd Floor, Room 207 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

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