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Lecture 3: Eliza Manningham-Buller on Freedom

Former MI5 director-general Eliza Manningham-Buller discusses foreign policy since 9/11 in her third Reith Lecture.

In this third and final Reith lecture the former director-general of the British Security Service (MI5), Eliza Manningham-Buller, discusses policy priorities since 9/11.

She reflects on the Arab Spring, and argues that the West's support of authoritarian regimes did, to some extent, fuel the growth of al-Qaeda.

The lecture also considers when we should talk to "terrorists".

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53 minutes

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The Reith Lectures on Radio 4

The Reith Lectures on Radio 4

Archive recordings from the BBC's flagship annual lecture series going back to 1948