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8 December 2008
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This week Andrew Marr is joined by Gilles Kepel, Vitali Vitaliev, Simon Jenkins and Francesca Klug.
PROFESSOR GILLES KEPEL argues that Europe must take the lead in dealing with the threat of jihadism. He examines why certain European countries have been attacked while others haven’t and how what he sees as the failure of multiculturalism in countries like Britain and the Netherlands may have played a part in this. Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East is published by Harvard University Press. He is also doing a number of lectures and events:
Monday 8 Dec, 7.30pm. Debate with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown of the British Muslims for Secular Democracy at the French Institute
Tuesday 9 Dec, 5.30pm. Lecture at the London Middle East Institute of SOAS
Thursday 11 Dec, 1-2pm. Lunchtime lecture at the RSA, co-hosted by Prospect Magazine (in conversation with David Goodhart).

Did you know that there are four full-scale enclaves left in Western Europe? These are small towns and villages that are ‘owned’ by one country but situated in another. Journalist and writer VITALI VITALIEV argues that these places are a forum for examining our notions of identity and nationality and are a symbol of cross-cultural collaboration. Passport to Enclavia is published by Reportage Press.

SIMON JENKINS, Chairman of the National Trust and one of Britain’s most prominent journalists, explores the history of Wales through its buildings, from the stone huts of the druids to the industrial landscape of mining pits. Charting over 4,000 years of culture, Jenkins argues that the Welsh are not as proud of their architectural heritage as they should be. Wales: Churches, Houses, Castles is published by Allen Lane.

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark event which will be marked by political leaders and activists all around the world. Human rights expert FRANCESCA KLUG, of the London School of Economics and Commissioner on the Human Rights and Equality Commission, examines its relevance then and now and explores how the Declaration challenged Enlightenment thinking. We ask to what extent it remains an aspirational document. Francesca Klug will be giving a lecture at Chatham House on Monday 8 December to mark the anniversary.

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