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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 2005
The Society’s 2004 tour to Central Asia by Brigadier Bill Woodburn View bio

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Name
Brigadier Bill Woodburn

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January 2005
The Aral Sea: Its Sources and its Future by Professor Sara O'Hara View bio

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Name
Professor Sara O'Hara

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January 2005
Afghanistan (and a Little Iraq): Walking in Rural Areas by Mr Rory Stewart View bio

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Name
Mr Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border, a constituency in Northern Cumbria. He was briefly in the army, before serving in the diplomatic service, running a charity in Afghanistan, and teaching at Harvard University. He is the author of three books and walked 6000 miles across Asia between 2000 and 2002.

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December 2004
Burma: The Golden Country: A 2003 Tour by Sir Michael Burton View bio

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Name
Sir Michael Burton

Sir Michael Burton is a former Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Near and Middle East and North Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His Middle East postings included Lebanon (learning Arabic) and Jordan in the mid-1970s.

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December 2004
Kashmir: A Tale of Two Valleys by Mr Alexander Evans View bio

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Name
Mr Alexander Evans

Alexander Evans works for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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November 2004
Tibeto-Burman Minorities Observed: From the Black Bone Yi to the Head-hunter Wa by Mrs Carol Turner View bio

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Name
Mrs Carol Turner

Carol Turner began travelling to remote places in 1993 when working with John Blashford-Snell of the Scientific Exploration Society. She was drawn to the Himalaya region exploring the Provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan in south-west China. Now her commitment is to promote community-based educational projects for rural Tibetans. She set up the Shuxiong Tibetan Schools Fund and, with one school completed, two more are in the process of being built. As a guide she organizes and leads her own groups and works for commercial travel companies, guiding tours to Yunnan and Sichuan.

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November 2004
The Indus – Backbone of Pakistan: Ecological Notes by Dr Tom Roberts View bio

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Name
Dr Tom Roberts

Dr Tom Roberts lived in Pakistan for 34 years as proprietor of his family cotton business. He was awarded Sitar-I Imtiaz by the Pakistan Government in 1994 for his work in documenting the wildlife of Pakistan. He has written five books published by Oxford University Press, Karachi, covering birds, mammals, butterflies and wild flowers.

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October 2004
The Rebuilding of Southern Iraq: A Civilian’s perspective by Sir Hilary Synott View bio

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Name
Sir Hilary Synott

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October 2004
Whither Iran? Prospects after its recent past by Dr Ali Ansari View bio

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Name
Dr Ali Ansari
Job title
Academic

Ali Ansari is director of the Iranian Institute at the University of St Andrews.

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July 2004
Bhutan: Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, Sandwiched between India & China by HE Harald N Nestroy View bio

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Name
HE Harald N Nestroy
Job title
Retired Ambassador

Harald Nestroy has had a long and distinguished career in the German Foreign Office, including postings as Ambassador to the People's Republic of Congo, Malaysia, Namibia and the Republic of Costa Rica. His first visit to Bhutan was in 1987, which was followed by 11 further visits, the latest being in December 2003.

In 1992 Mr Nestroy founded the Humanitarian German Bhutan Hospital Foundation for the construction of the Punkha Hospital, which was opened in 1996. As Executive Chairman of the Pro Bhutan Association, he has been involved with further development of the hospital, building new facilities and a Training Centre for medical staff, as well as establishing schools with hostels for blind and hearing-impaired children.

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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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