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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

		    			
January 2006
Arabia: The Hejaz Railway in Conflict and in Peacetime by Mr James Nicholson View bio

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Name
Mr James Nicholson

James Nicholson was educated at King's College, London, and Surrey University. He has worked in the Middle East for 17 years and has been living in Riyadh for the last nine years.

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December 2005
The Philippines: Fragile Democracy or Strong Republic? by Mr Paul Diamond View bio

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Name
Mr Paul Diamond
Job title
Retired Ambassador

Paul Dimond was a British diplomatist for almost 42 years, retiring after serving as British Ambassador to the Philippines from 2002 to 2004. He had previously served for a total of 16 years in Japan, where he was Commercial Counsellor from 1989 to 1993, at The Hague and at Los Angeles. He now works for the British Neurological Research Trust and is a Director of Intralink and Japan 21. He is also a member of the Philippine-British Business Council.

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November 2005
Israel: Prospects and Direction under Present Israeli Leadership by Dr Colin Shindler View bio

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Name
Dr Colin Shindler

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November 2005
Prospects for Kazakhstan by Dr Bhavna Dave View bio

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Name
Dr Bhavna Dave

Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Politics at SOAS

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November 2005
Ladakh: Two Valleys: Change and Development in Ladakh by Sir Robert Ffolkes View bio

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Sir Robert Ffolkes

Sir Robert ffolkes was with Save the Children Fund from 1974 - 2003.

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November 2005
The Iraqi Assyrians in the Aftermath of Recent Military Intervention by Revd Canon Andrew White View bio

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Revd Canon Andrew White

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October 2005
The Al-Sa’ud and the Future of Saudi Arabia by Colonel Brian Lees View bio

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Name
Colonel Brian Lees
Job title
Retired Military Officer

Col. Lees spent much of his 34 year army career with his regiment, the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. From 1975 to 1979, he served as Defence Attaché in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He was then Head of Army Technical Intelligence, 1979-82 and Head of Defence Intelligence staff, Washington, 1982-84 before being appointed Defence Attaché, Oman, 1984-87. Since leaving the Army he has worked with the Saudi Economic Offset Programme.

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October 2005
The Indian Civil Service and the Victorian Raj by Hon David Gilmour View bio

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Name
Hon David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a former Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. He is the author of prize-winning biographies of Rudyard Kipling, Lord Curzon and the Italian writer Giuseppe di Lampadusa.

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September 2005
Afghanistan: Progress since the Taliban by Mr Ahmed Rashid View bio

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Name
Mr Ahmed Rashid
Job title
Journalist and Author

Ahmed Rashid - Ahmed Rashid has been the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia Correspondent for several international newspapers and magazines over the past three decades. He has won numerous awards, in his native Pakistan and elsewhere, and is the author of three best selling books, including Taliban which was translated into 25 languages and sold over 1.5 million copies.

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July 2005
In Search of Nomads by Sir John Ure View bio

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Name
Sir John Ure
Job title
Retired Ambassador and Author

After fighting as an officer in a Scottish Regiment in the Malayan jungle in the 1950s, Sir John Ure read history at Cambridge and, on graduating, joined HM Diplomatic Service. His first post was to Moscow at the height of the Cold War, from where he travelled extensively to central Asia and the Caucasus, often shadowed by the KGB, and on occasion penetrating across the frontiers into Afghanistan and Iran. He also served in the Congo and Portual and his ambassadorial appointments included Cuba, Brazil and Sweden.

On retirement, he turned to writing and is author of a dozen well-received and widely translated travel and historical books. He writes regularly on trave for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and has served on the council of the Royal Geographical Society and as Chairman of Thomas Cook 'Travel Book of the Year' panel. His recreation in 'Who's Who' is "..travelling uncomfortably in remote places and writing about it comfortably afterwards."

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25 SEP

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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

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