WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE RSAA?
The RSAA hosts regular lectures between September and June. Lectures typically take place on a Wednesday in a Central London location either at lunchtime or in the early evening.
In addition to the lecture programme, there are also a number of social events where members and their guests can meet others with similar interests.
A printed calendar is sent out to members, but dates and venues are subject to change and additional events may be added to the calendar at short notice. It is therefore advisable to check this online calendar for the latest details.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN JUNE
11 June 2019
AGM & Denman Memorial Lecture – Understanding Japanese democracy in a populist age
Speaker: Sir David Warren KCMG
Where: 6.00pm - AGM [Members only] The Army and Navy Club, 36 Pall Mall, London SW1
6.30pm - lecture.
Sir David was British ambassador to Japan from 2008 to 2012, having served twice before in the British embassy in Tokyo during his career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
He was also head of the FCO’s China Hong Kong department from 1998 to 2000, and a member of the FCO’s board of management (as director of human resources) from 2004 to 2007.
He retired from the FCO in January 2013. He is now visiting professor at Sheffield University, and chair of the council of the University of Kent.
He is also chairman of the Japan Society, the leading independent body in the United Kingdom dedicated to UK-Japanese cultural, educational and business contacts, a member of the advisory board of Migration Matters, the campaigning group highlighting the benefits of legal migration, and a director of Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust.
19 June 2019
Following the Dragon: rafting the Karakoram
Speaker: Jonathan Rider
Where: 3.00pm - The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1
NB this is a new tea-time venture, with refreshments following the lecture
Jonathan Rider and Edmund Le Brun rafted the Hunza valley in Northern Pakistan to see what impact the newly upgraded Karakoram Highway has had on the environment and local communities. As China seeks to extend its influence through the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, this is a timely look at how the scheme might play out elsewhere.The talk will provide a short historical and political overview, before exploring deeper geopolitical questions.
With a diverse professional background, Jonathan Rider has worked in Central and South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Europe.
Jonathan worked for political polling company in the UK, before embarking on a career in research in Afghanistan with a private research company.
Later he spearheaded policy and communications at an INGO. Later still, he managed conservation projects at the World Heritage Site in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
Jonathan has a BA from the University of Nottingham in archaeology, and a MSt from the University of Oxford, also in archaeology.