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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

		    			
February 2007
Afghanisan and Nuristan: Reflections by Sir Nicholas Barrington View bio

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Name
Sir Nicholas Barrington
Job title
Retired Ambassador

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February 2007
Indonesia Faces the Future by Dr Peter Carey View bio

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Name
Dr Peter Carey
Job title
Academic

Dr Peter Carey is Laithwaite Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford (in post, 1979 to present), specialising in the history and politics of Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Indonesia, East Timor and Burma. He has served as Executive Director of the Asian Studies Centre at St. Antony's College (1985-88).

His publications include works on the history and contemporary politics of Indonesia, East Timor and Burma, including The British in Java, 1811-16. A Javanese Account (Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 1992), East Timor at the Crossroads. The Forging of a Nation (Cassell, 1995), and Burma. The Challenge of Change in a Divided Society (Macmillan, 1997).

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December 2006
Near East: The Recent Past and Future of the Levant by Dr Patrick Seale View bio

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Name
Dr Patrick Seale
Job title
Journalist and Author

Dr Patrick Seale is an author, consultant and syndicated columnist with a special interest in the Middle East. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and The Observer in many parts of the world. His books include The Struggle for Syria, Philby: The Long Road to Moscow, Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East and Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire.

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November 2006
Tibet: The Geography of Paradise in Tibet’s Tsangpo Gorges by Mr Ian Baker View bio

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Name
Mr Ian Baker

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November 2006
China/Inner Mongolia: Forty Years On by Dr Kerry Brown View bio

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Name
Dr Kerry Brown
Job title
Research Fellow

Kerry Brown lived in the Inner Mongolia region from 1994 to 1996. He completed a PhD at Leeds University in modern Chinese politics from 1998 to 2004, while working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, first in London, and then Beijing. He is the author of The Purge of the Inner Mongolian People's Party in the Cultural Revolution in China 1967-1969 (Global Oriental, London, 2006) and Struggling Giant - China in the 21st Century (Anthem Press, London, 2007).

The Cultural Revolution and the Purge of the “Sons & Heirs of Genghis Khan”

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October 2006
Arab Society: Characteristics & Contradictions by Sir James Craig View bio

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Name
Sir James Craig
Job title
Academic and Diplomat

Sir James Craig was Lecturer in Arabic at Durham University and Principal Instructor at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies (MECAS) before he joined H. M. Diplomatic Service. He was British Ambassador in Syria and subsequently in Saudi Arabia. Later he was Visiting Professor in Arabic at Oxford for six years.

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October 2006
A Nepali Triangle: Monarchy, Maoists and Political Parties by Professor Michael Hutt View bio

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Name
Professor Michael Hutt

Michael Hutt is Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

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July 2006
Bollywood: More than a Tinseltown by Mr Kush Varia View bio

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Name
Mr Kush Varia

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June 2006
India: Field Marshall Wavell (1883-1950): Soldier and Viceroy by Ms Victoria Schofield View bio

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Name
Ms Victoria Schofield
Job title
Journalist and Author

For 30 years Victoria Schofield has been broadcasting and writing about Pakistan and South Asia, where she has travelled widely. She is a frequent commentator on BBC World TV, BBC World Service and other news outlets. She is the author of Kashmir in Conflict; Afghan Frontier: Feuding and Fighting in Central Asia; Wavell: Soldier and Statesman; Kashmir in the Crossfire; Bhutto: Trial and Execution; Old Roads, New Highways, Fifty Years of Pakistan (ed.) (1998).

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

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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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