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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 2018
Russia and Asia – once again with feeling by Dr Bobo Lo View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Dr Bobo Lo
Job title
Independent Analyst

Bobo Lo is an independent analyst and former head of the Russia and Eurasia programme at Chatham House. From 1995 - 1999 he served as first secretary and then deputy head of mission at the Australian Embassy in Moscow. He is the author of 'Vladimir Putin and the Evolution of Russian Foreign Policy' and 'Russian Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era'.

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June 2018
Sikunder Burnes: Master of the ‘Great Game’ by Mr Craig Murray View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Craig Murray
Job title
Author
Website
www.craigmurray.org.uk

Craig Murray was a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1984 to 2004, including a period as Ambassador to Uzbekistan where he became well known for his public criticism of western policy towards the Uzbek regime. He has since made a career as a writer and publishes a blog that comments frequently on stories about intelligence and UK policy. He is a supporter of Scottish Independence.
His book Sikunder Burnes is the only recent biography of this famous explorer of central Asia who is the subject of his book.

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May 2018
Sustainable Social and Economic Development in Rural Afghanistan by Mr Terje Watterdal View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Terje Watterdal
Job title
Country Director, Norwegian Afghanistan Committee
Website
www.afghanistan.no/english

Terje Watterdal will be drawing on his long experience of development and of Afghanistan to talk about the integration of efforts to deliver sustainable development. His experience extends across much of Afghanistan. In his talk he will focus primarily on the province of Ghazni, and the lessons that can be learned from the coordination of development strands to deliver a sustainable result.

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May 2018
The South China Sea: whose is it, who wants it, and why? by Mr Bill Hayton View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Bill Hayton
Job title
Reporter & Associate, Chatham House
Website
www.billhayton.com

Bill Hayton is an Associate Fellow with the Asia Programme of Chatham House in 2015. He is the author of The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia (Yale, 2014) and Vietnam: Rising Dragon (Yale, 2010). Bill has worked for the BBC since 1998 and currently works for BBC World News television in London. He has given presentations about South China Sea and Southeast Asian issues for think-tanks and government institutions in the UK, US, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and elsewhere.

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April 2018
Quis custodiet? Nationalist narratives of British Imperialism in India by Mr Charles Allen View bio

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Name
Mr Charles Allen
Job title
Author

Charles Allen has had a distinguished record as a writer on India and Indian history stretching over more than thirty years and almost as many books. Plain Tales from the Raj in 1975 began a publishing record that continues. His most recent publication, A Corrective to Northern-focused Histories of India, came out in 2017. He is no apologist for imperialism but he is also unafraid to question the idea that Britain’s role in India was unmitigatedly negative. His lecture will focus on challenging some aspects of recent popular publications on Indian history.

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April 2018
Myanmar – engagement or disengagement? by Ms Vicky Bowman View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Ms Vicky Bowman
Job title
Retired diplomat; Head of the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business
Website
www.myanmar-responsiblebusiness.org/index.php

Mynamar was for decades portrayed in the western media as a binary conflict of good (Aung San Suu Kyi) and evil (the former military regime). A new complexity is emerging and Vicky Bowman is exceptionally well placed to help us to understand how best to respond to the challenges that face this poor and politically fragile country.

Vicky went to Myanmar on her first diplomatic posting in 1990. She returned as the UK Ambassador 2001 – 6, having travelled extensively in the country in the interim. Since 2013 she has lived in Yangon, running the Myanmar Centre for Responsible business, a joint initiative of the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the Danish Institute for Human Rights

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March 2018
Short Talks Evening by Faraz Shibli, Charles Stevens, Matt O'Driscoll, Christian Dixon, Daoud Jackson View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Faraz Shibli, Charles Stevens, Matt O'Driscoll, Christian Dixon, Daoud Jackson

Christian Dixon RSAA Travel Awardee 2017, Daoud Jackson SPHMA Travel Awardee 2016

Faraz Shibli – Outer Mongolia: the last place on earth Charles Stevens – Cycling the Silk Road: 10,000km from Beijing to Tehran Matt O’Driscoll – By Rickshaw from Kerala to Pakistan Christian Dixon – Between Da’esh and rijjāl ad-dīn: the experiences of displaced Christians in Northern Iraq Daoud Jackson – Central Anatolia’s Seljuk Buildings: their pre-history

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March 2018
Crossing the Desert of Kazakhstan and Exploring the Ust-Yurt Peninsula by Mr Jamie Maddison View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Jamie Maddison
Job title
Explorer
Website
www.jamiemaddison.com

Jamie Maddison is an accomplished Explorer, nominated National Adventurer of the Year, equestrian Long Rider and Content Strategist. He first cut his teeth in the world of journalism working for the British rock-climbing magazine Climber. Since that time, he has mounted a host of exploratory expeditions across the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, including: riding horses 800 miles across the central plains of Kazakhstan, running seven and a bit marathons across an uncrossed desert, embedding with environmental protesters in Armenia, exploring unvisited valleys in Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan mountains, and living with indigenous communities in both Tajikistan and Mongolia.

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February 2018
The Society Tour to Sumatra by Mr Charles Humfrey CMG View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Charles Humfrey CMG
Job title
Ex-Diplomat

Former British Ambassador to Indonesia

A look at the tour taken in 2017 to the northern half of Sumatra, starting in Aceh and ending in Padang. See the lecture below:

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February 2018
The Bamiyan Buddha Statues: archaeology, conservation and …. reconsruction? by Mr Jonathan Rider View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Jonathan Rider

Former project manager for UNESCO , and has spent the last five years in Afghanistan. He speaks on: The Bamiyan Buddha Statues: archaeology

In 2001, the Taliban destroyed two giant Buddha statues in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan. Work has been underway since then to document, conserve, and possibly reconstruct one of the statues. In light of recent attacks on cultural heritage elsewhere in the world, Jonathan will share his experience of working for UNESCO in Bamiyan, reflecting on some

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27 MAY

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Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan: Past, Present and Future

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