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PAST LECTURES

The RSAA has been hosting thought-provoking lectures from expert speakers twice a month since 1901.

We maintain a record of all the lectures that have been given to the RSAA, and transcriptions of many of the most interesting lectures have been published in Asian Affairs. In recent years we have also started filming major lectures so that members around the world can enjoy them at their leisure.

LATEST LECTURES

		    			
November 2019
Sixth Form School Event with SOAS by Joshua Hillis View bio

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Name
Joshua Hillis
Job title
Assistant Editor, Parallel Histories
Website
www.parallelhistories.org.uk

Palestine. What is happening?

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November 2019
Sixth Form School Event SOAS by Professor Kerry Brown View bio

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Name
Professor Kerry Brown
Job title
Director, Lau China Institute, Kings College London
Website
www.kerry-brown.co.uk

The Chinese 'Belt and Road Initiative'; good or bad?

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November 2019
Sixth Form Schools Event SOAS by Hamaad Al Hasan View bio

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Name
Hamaad Al Hasan
Job title
JPT Family Trust Medical Science Award winner 2018.

Medical Elective: Eye care in Jerusalem

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November 2019
Sixth Form Schools Event SOAS by Sophie Ibbotson View bio

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Name
Sophie Ibbotson

Fighting terrorism with tourism in Tajikistan

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November 2019
Sixth Form Schools Event SOAS by Dr Morgan Phillips View bio

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Name
Dr Morgan Phillips
Website
www.morganhopephillips.com

Climate Change in the Himalayas

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November 2019
Sixth Form Schools Event, SOAS by HE Mr Mohammed Zakaria View bio

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Name
HE Mr Mohammed Zakaria
Job title
High Commissioner for Pakistan

'Pakistan Today'

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October 2019
A new museum for Basrah by Sir Terence Clark KBE CMG CVO View bio

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Name
Sir Terence Clark KBE CMG CVO

Basrah has had an association with Britain going back to the 17th century. In more recent times it has been occupied by British armed forces who conceived the idea of leaving a new museum as their legacy. It took over a decade to develop the project but Basrah's new archaeological and historical museum is now a reality and a rare success story in this turbulent region.

Sir Terence Clark is a former Ambassador to Iraq and was Chairman of the Trustees of the Friends of the Basrah Museum from 2010-19.

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September 2019
Return to Kurdistan: revisiting the history and cultural identity of Iraqi-Kurdistan & northern Iraq by Mr Richard Wilding View bio

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Name
Mr Richard Wilding
Job title
Film-maker & writer
Website
www.richardwilding.com

Richard Wilding is a London based photographer, filmmaker and writer specialising in the documentation of costume, archaeology and cultural identity in the Middle East. Here he explores the history and cultural identity of Iraqi Kurdistan and Northern Iraq, revealing its ancient Assyrian civilisation, religious and ethnic diversity, history of persecution and renewal, and the crisis caused by the emergence of DAESH (ISIS) since 2014.

He shows his contemporary photography alongside historical photographs taken by Anthony Kersting in 1944-46 and Gertrude Bell in 1909-11, the drawings and written accounts of 19th century archaeologists such as Austen Henry Layard and Jacobsen & Lloyd from the 1930s.

He explores the ethnic and religious groups that have inhabited the region, including Kurds, Arabs, Yezidis, Assyrian Christians and Jews. He also documents the legacy of Saddam Hussein’s brutal suppression of the Kurds, the recent refugee crisis in the region and the efforts to save heritage threatened by DAESH.
Since 2012, Richard Wilding has been Creative Director of Gulan, a UK registered charity which promotes the culture of Kurdistan. He has exhibited Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and University of Exeter. In October 2017, his work was exhibited in the Houses of Parliament

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July 2019
A Year after Imran Khan’s Victory – the political, security and economic challenges facing Pakistan by David Kemmis-Betty MBE View bio

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Name
David Kemmis-Betty MBE
Job title
Consultant

David EJ Kemmis Betty MBE had a rather unique globetrotting career in the Regular Army until 2013; since when he has worked as a risk management consultant, spending 5 of the past 6 years embedded with the oil & gas industry in Pakistan. He is now London based working part-time for Strategia Worldwide helping businesses to protect the value of their investments, particularly in complex emerging and frontier markets.
David was commissioned into The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) in 1987, serving initially in Berlin where his cousin & fellow RSAA member Sir Michael Burton was British Minister. He served on operations in Northern Ireland for over 8 years, in Kosovo twice in 2000 & 2001, in Iraq during the invasion in 2003, in Afghanistan (Helmand) in 2006 & 2010 and in Libya (Benghazi) & Tunisia during the Arab Spring of 2011.
His association with South Asia and particularly Pakistan includes family history in the region (his father and two uncles served on the NW Frontier pre-partition), his own private travels in India, Nepal and Northern Pakistan, a posting in 2008 to Islamabad as a counter-terrorist liaison officer and a year at Pakistan’s Army Command & Staff College in Quetta 2008/09. In late 2009 he became a roving military attaché / liaison officer working in troubled spots across South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caucasus, including support to the FCO and Met Police during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2012. He left the Army from a post in Whitehall supporting HMG’s counter-terrorism strategy, focussed on South Asia with visits back to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Between 2013-2018 he worked in Pakistan for Control Risks, embedded with Schlumberger Oilfield Services. David has an MSc from the University of Balochistan and an MA from Kings College London (with both dissertations focussed on Pakistan). He is an active member of The Pakistan Society and The Royal Society for Asian Affairs.

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June 2019
Following the Dragon: Rafting the Karakoram by Jonathan Rider View bio

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Name
Jonathan Rider
Job title
Development Specialist
Website
www.ishkar.com/en/partners/1p3xaMy2GIsA

As China seeks to extend its influence through the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, Jonathan Rider and Edmund Le Brun set out, by raft down the Hunza Valley, to see what impact the newly upgraded Karakoram Highway has had on the environment and local communities in this part of northern Pakistan. This is a timely look at how the BRI might play out elsewhere.The talk will provide a short historical and political overview, before exploring deeper geopolitical questions, as well as giving a lively account of the expedition itself.

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Society Tour

RSAA 2019 TOUR: CROSSING THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD: CHINA AND CENTRAL ASIA

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18 DEC

UPCOMING EVENT

EXTRA LECTURE: Hindu Rashtra and the future of Indian Muslims

Where: 1.15pm at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly
[No sandwich lunch available]

Tickets: Free

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