A WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATOR ASKS:
‘Face-to-face COMMUNICATION. DOES IT HAVE A FUTURE?’
Jonathan Tait-Harris has thirty years’ experience of asking tough questions in dangerous places. Interviewing war criminals in Iraq and Bosnia, undertaking forensic crime scene examinations in Kosovo, commanding soldiers in the hostile borderlands of Northern Ireland, surviving aerial bombardment in Gaza and policing the violent streets of Britain has provided the richest of experiences.
Against this backdrop he will speak on how he has witnessed communication methods develop, both during conflict and peace, and will, along with attendees, examine if face-to-face communication has a diminished value in the multi-media age of the 21st century.
Jonathan Tait-Harris has been there and done that, with humour and style. Usually in a hostile land and under fire. He is to be found wherever conflict occurs and was present in Gaza during the fighting in 2014, and Libya before that. His knowledge of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa is extensive and he is regularly called upon to advise and comment to the media, governments and NGO’s.
Jonathan was chasing criminals both in the air and on the ground before serving as a leading UN War Crimes Investigator in the former Yugoslavia, focusing on the Siege of Sarajevo and the roles of war crimes suspects Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic. His work and that of a select group of investigators lead directly to the indictment of Slobodan Milosevic. From 2004-2007 he worked as a war crimes investigator for the US government in Iraq, playing a prominent part in the trial of Saddam Hussein (“I was shot at more by Americans than by insurgents”). He also has taken part in covert surveillance in China for an NGO trying to disrupt illegal trade in tigers. Jonathan also works with International Location Safety, which helps NGOs, journalists and professional travellers to stay alive by training them how to handle situations and threats in the world’s most dangerous places.
7:00 PM @ the gallery bar
* Entrance over 18