LIMMUD FSU Recharge Presenters 2022

What is Limmud? What are the Principles? Also, learn some of our History and more.

Ian Williams Author, World Affairs Commentator and President of the Foreign Press Association


President of the Foreign Press Association of the USA, author, writer and broadcaster Ian Williams was born in Liverpool, and graduated from its University, despite several years’ suspension for protests against its investments in South Africa. Consequently, he had a variegated career path, which included a drinking competition with Chinese Premier Chou En Lai and an argument on English Literature with Chiang Ching, aka Mme Mao. As a consequence of the University suspension he worked on the buses and railways before becoming a union official. He became a professional writer after spending six months in India on a Nuffield fellowship to study labor unions in the subcontinent.

In 1985 he won the Liverpool Press Club award for “By-line mania” when he wrote the centerfold for the Baptist Times, since then has proved how much he deserved it by writing for Penthouse and Hustler. He has also been a regular contributor to newspapers across the world. He was twice President and twice Vice President of the United Nations Correspondents Association where he drank whisky with Lavrov in the Delegate’s Lounge. He speaks on international affairs and American foreign policy at venues across the world, and has appeared on RT, Iran’s Press TV, CNN, the BBC and even Fox News critiquing politicians of al hues.


Diplomatic Dialectic. The UN, US and Russia, Can the institution recover?

For 80 years the United Nations has bounced between expressions of high principle, and pragmatic, sometimes sordid and always elastic principles. For example the veto was the price to keep Washington and Moscow in. But the invasion of Ukraine stretches UN principles to breaking point as all sides wallow in hypocrisy. Yet the UN is possibly the only way out.