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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

		    			
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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June 2005
The Trucial Oman Scouts (1955-1971) by Colonel Tom Walcot View bio

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Name
Colonel Tom Walcot

Col. Walcot served in the short-lived Suez campaign of 1956 and afterwards in Libya. He then studied Arabic at Durham University and at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies before being posted to the Trucial Oman Scouts from 1962 to 1964 as a Desert Intelligence Officer. He was Defence and Military Attach at the British Embassy in Riyadh from 1986 to 1988 and served on the Council of the Society from 1996 to 2002

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June 2005
Japan and China: Challenges Ahead by Sir John Boyd View bio

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Name
Sir John Boyd

Sir John Boyd has been Master of Churchill College, Cambridge since 1996. Prior to that he was a Diplomatic Service Officer. Beginning in China, he ended in Tokyo (1992-96). Along the way he served in Washington, New York and Bonn and as Political Adviser in Hong Kong. He is currently Chairman of the Trustees of the British Museum. He continues to travel regularly to Asia.

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May 2005
Pol Pot – A Cambodian Aberration? by Mr Philip Short View bio

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Name
Mr Philip Short

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May 2005
Indigo Blues & Exotic Reds by Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul View bio

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Name
Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul

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In Pursuit of Ancient Dyestuffs in India, Bhutan and the Far East.

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April 2005
China in Sri Lanka: Recent Discoveries of Chinese Porcelain by Professor John Carswell View bio

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Name
Professor John Carswell

Professor John Carswell is a long-time member of the Society, having served twice on the Council and as a Vice-President. He has lectured frequently to the Society on a range of different topics, and particularly on his researches into trade between China, Central Asia and the West. He now lives in Andalusia, and his most recent activity has been cataloguing the Iznik collection in the Benaki Museum in Athens.

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April 2005
Gertrude Bell: Photographer in the Middle East by Mr Jim Crow View bio

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Name
Mr Jim Crow

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April 2005
On the Track of Snow Leopards by Mrs Tessa McGregor View bio

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Name
Mrs Tessa McGregor

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March 2005
The Mekong: Exploration & Empire in South East Asia by Mr John Keay View bio

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Name
Mr John Keay
Job title
Author

John Keay is the author of a number of books on Asia which include standard histories of India, the East India Company, the exploration of the Western Himalayas, and the Middle East and the Far East in the 20th century. He received the RSAA's Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal in 2009.

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The Frozen River: Seeking Silence in the Himalaya

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