Following the Dragon: rafting the Karakoram
Speaker: Jonathan Rider
19 June 2019
Where: 3.00pm - The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1
NB this is a new tea-time venture, with refreshments following the lecture
Jonathan Rider and Edmund Le Brun rafted the Hunza valley in Northern Pakistan to see what impact the newly upgraded Karakoram Highway has had on the environment and local communities. As China seeks to extend its influence through the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, this is a timely look at how the scheme might play out elsewhere.The talk will provide a short historical and political overview, before exploring deeper geopolitical questions.
With a diverse professional background, Jonathan Rider has worked in Central and South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Europe.
Jonathan worked for political polling company in the UK, before embarking on a career in research in Afghanistan with a private research company.
Later he spearheaded policy and communications at an INGO. Later still, he managed conservation projects at the World Heritage Site in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
Jonathan has a BA from the University of Nottingham in archaeology, and a MSt from the University of Oxford, also in archaeology.