John Simpson was appointed BBC World Affairs Editor in 1998. He specialises in East-West relations, the Soviet Bloc, Iran and Afghanistan. He has reported from trouble spots around the world including Angola, South America, Baghdad and the former Yugoslavia. In 2001 he was among the first journalists to enter Kabul. John Simpson was awarded a CBE in 1991 during the Gulf War Honours List. In 1996, he won the RTS award for International Current Affairs, a Peabody Trust Award for News and The One World Best Bi-Media News award for the Afghanistan trilogy produced for Newsnight.