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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

		    			
June 2006
Combating Extremism and the Challenge of Security in the Middle East by Mr Frank Gardner View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Frank Gardner
Job title
Journalist and Author

Frank Gardner is the BBC Security Correspondent, covering issues of both domestic and international security, notably Al-Qa'ida-related terrorism. In 2004 he was shot six times at close range by Al-Qa'ida terrorists while reporting from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was left for dead but survived and although now partly paralysed returned to the BBC after many months in hospital to resume his job. He speaks Arabic and has a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Exeter University. He was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to journalism. His first book, Blood and Sand, was published by Transworld in May 2006.

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May 2006
South India: The Society’s Tour of Southern India by Mr John Harrison View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr John Harrison

John Harrison has been a member of the Society for some 20 years. Before retirement he was a diplomat, serving in several countries of interest to the Society, including Burma, Turkey and Pakistan (as Deputy High Commissioner). His last post was High Commissioner in Mauritius, where a majority of the population originate from India, including Tamil Nadu.

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May 2006
Uzbekistan: Andijan – One Year Later: A Review by Mrs Monica Whitlock View bio

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Name
Mrs Monica Whitlock
Job title
Journalist

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April 2006
India: Reinventing Calcutta by Dr Andrew Hall View bio

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Name
Dr Andrew Hall
Job title
Retired Ambassador

Dr Andrew Hall has been Ambassador to Nepal and the British Deputy High Commissioner in Eastern India.

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April 2006
Afghanistan: Kabul Revisited & a Short Stroll in the Hindu Kush by Brigadier Bill Woodburn View bio

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Name
Brigadier Bill Woodburn

Brigadier Bill Woodburn served with the Royal Engineers. He has conducted research into the military architecture of the Bala Hissar and the fort at Chitral.

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March 2006
Burma in the Second World War by Mr Jon Latimer View bio

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Name
Mr Jon Latimer

NA

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March 2006
Afghanistan: Problems and Prospects by Sir Martin Ewans View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Sir Martin Ewans

NA

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March 2006
Bangladesh: How is it Faring? by Dr Robert Bradnock View bio

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Name
Dr Robert Bradnock

NA

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February 2006
Northern Pakistan: Chitral Fort: Process of Restoration by Mr Richard Hughes View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Richard Hughes

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February 2006
Northern Sikkim: In the Footsteps of Hooker: a Botanical Journey by Mr David Lang View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr David Lang

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Society Tour

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

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25 SEP

UPCOMING EVENT

Return to Kurdistan: revisiting the history and cultural identity of Iraqi Kurdistan and northern Iraq

Where: 3.00pm. Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1

Teatime event with refreshments afterwards

Tickets: Free

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