Asian Affairs

The Society's in-house Journal is Asian Affairs, currently published three times yearly and mailed to all members. Subscriptions can also be purchased separately from the publisher, Taylor & Francis. A sample article can be viewed on the Taylor & Francis website.

Asian Affairs covers a wide range of topical articles. Since its inception as the Journal of the Central Asian Society in 1914, it has carried a unique and first-hand range of articles including Sir Francis Younghusband's "The Tibet Conference" (notes from the 1914 Shimla Conference), the precursor to Seven Years in Tibet: "Nanga Parbat to Lhasa: The Adventures of two Austrian Climbers", and George Macartney's "Bolshevism as I saw it at Tashkent in 1918".

Journal - General Information

Asian Affairs now appears three times a year, in March, July and November. Editorial control is exercised through an Editorial Board working in close cooperation with the Editor.

Asian Affairs contains reprints of lectures given to the Society, articles either commissioned by the Editor or submitted for publication, and records of Society activities. A large section of each issue is devoted to book reviews, mostly commissioned, and this section attracts a particularly wide readership.

Bound copies of the Journal are available for reference by Members in the Society Library. Selected articles are available for purchase and download from Taylor and Francis.


  • Journal Editor: Mr Barney Smith CMG
  • Book Reviews Editor: Mr Richard Fell CVO

Editorial Board: 

  • Sir Michael Pike KCVO CMG. Chairman
  • Dr William Crawley
  • Dr Jim Hoare
  • Miss Sophie Ibbotson
  • Miss Kathleen Kazer
  • Miss Lucy Kelaart
  • Mr Bijan Omrani
  • Professor Robert Taylor
  • Sir Harold Walker KCMG
  • Mr Kenneth C Walker
  • Mr Gerald Dorey (T&F)

Images of Asia

Forthcoming Events

Wed 24 Sep Why Kashmir is Still Important at The Royal Astronomical Society
Wed 1 Oct Experiences of Asia at The Royal Astronomical Society
Tue 7 Oct K2: The Italian Mountain? at The RSAA Library
Wed 15 Oct The Great Game: Central Asia Overland at St Peter's Church Parish Hall


Expedition Silk Road Treasures from the Hermitage Exhibition at the Hermitage, Amsterdam, ends 5 September 2014 more…

Dunhuang Culture and Art Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 28 November 2014 - 16 March 2015 more…

PIAC 57th Annual Meeting 9 - 14 September 2014 more…

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle A rich collection of items from across Asia, the Middle East and other areas more…

Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion Symposium 25 and 26 September 2014 more…

Recent Recordings

Soqotra: Life in the Arabian Periphery Thanos has an excellent collection of photographs of Socotra having participated in two expeditions there

Churchill's First War: Young Winston & the Taliban A riveting and revelatory account of Winston Churchill's first campaign, in Afghanistan in the 1890's, offering shocking parallels into today's Afghan war

A Journey to the Source of the Oxus


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