Past RSAA/SOAS Schools Meetings

November 2012

  • Mark Tokola (Minister Counelor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy) - "Asia and America"
  • Lik Suen of SOAS - Mandarin "taster"
  • Professor Jon Sidel - "Indonesia and Islam"
  • Natalia Lechmanova - "Asia in a generation: economic transformation and the 'supercycle'"
  • Lou Connelly - "Serving in Afghanistan"
  • Phuntsog Wangyal - "Tibet Today" 

November 2011

  • Lord Mervyn Davies - "The Economics of Asia"
  • Asian language “tasters”; a brief practical introduction to Chinese, Hindi and Arabic with SOAS staff
  • Dr. Nibal Bouresli - The UK and Kuwait: What ties us?"
  • John Hare - "The Survival of the Bactrian Camel"
  • James Willsher – “The Asian Diaspora in the U.K.”
  • James Fergusson - "The Taliban, the unknown enemy".

November 2010

  • Mr. K Okinawa; Director of the Japanese Embassy's Information and Cultural Centre - "Japan & Research & Development"
  • Language Tasters; various lecturers at SOAS Arabic, Khmer & Burmese, & Mandarin
  • Oliver Bullough; former Reuters' Correspondent in Moscow, author - "The Caucasus - Is Peace Possible"
  • Daniel Metcalfe; author "Lost Peoples' of Central Asia"
  • Sir David John; Chairman RSAA, vice Chairman UK Trade & Investment - "Trade & the shift of economic power to Asia"

November 2009

  • Sir David John; Chairman RSAA, vice Chairman UK Trade & Investment - "Trade & the shift of economic power to Asia"
  • Language Tasters; various lecturers at SOAS Arabic, Khmer & Burmese, & Mandarin
  • Prof. Michael Hutt; Dean of Languages & Culture SOAS - "Why learn about Asia?"
  • Dr. Anne Farrer; Director Sotheby's M.A. course on Eastern Art, ex- British Museum - "Aurel Stein, Central Asian Explorer"
  • Warren Leaming; HSBC Financial Services - "Business in Asia"
  • Angus McDowall; Journalist & Correspondent Middle East Economic Digest - "Iran - Good, Bad or ugly?"

December 2008

  • Mr. Sergay Andriashin; First Secretary, Embassy of the Russian Federation "Russia in Asia"
  • Language Tasters; various lecturers at SOAS Arabic, Hindi & Mandarin
  • Prof. Charles Melville; Professor of Persian History, Cambridge - "Iran Past & Present"
  • Robert Gifford; American National Public Radio Correspondent China "China after the Olympics"
  • Kevin Lui - "Why work in Asia?"
  • Paul Burton; International Council on Security & Development - "Drugs & Security in Afghanistan"

December 2007

  • Dr. Cho; Ambassador of the Republic of Korea - "South Korea & it's Achievements"
  • Language Tasters; various lecturers at SOAS: Arabic, Hindi & Mandarin
  • Panel Discussion: "Tibet":
    • Robert Ford: "Tibet before Communism"
    • Aidan Harris: "Tibet- where is it now?"
  • Oliver Miles; retired diplomat - "Islam, the Middle East & Radical Politics"
  • Jason Ellliot; author "Why is Iran as it is now?"

November 2006

  • His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma; Indian High Commissioner - "India & Global Challenges"
  • Panel Discussion: "China & India" prospects for the next 25 years:
    • John Giddings, East Asian specialist at the Guardian
    • Dr. Vandana Desai, Royal Holloway College
  • Language Tasters; various lecturers at SOAS:Arabic, Thai, Hindi, Mandarin & Japanese
  • Panel Discussion: "Illegal small arms, the drug trade, human trafficking"
    • Dr. Chris Smith, Chatham House; Small arms in Sri Lanka
    • Klara Skrivankova, Anti-Slavery International; Trafficking in People
    • Fabrice Pothier, SENLIS Council; Drugs & Afghanistan
  • Mr. David Azzoprdi; SOAS - "Ethical issues in Buddhism - abortion"
  • Mr. John Hare; Explorer, camel specialist - "Exploring in Asia: The Secrets of Lop Nur, Xinjiang, North West China"

December 2005

  • Dr. Susan Whitfield; Director International Dunhuang project - "Travelers on the Silk Road"
  • Panel Discussion: "Israel/Palestine"
    • Robin Kealy; retired Counsel-General in Jerusalem
    • Dr. Colin Schindler; Lecturer in Israeli and Jewish Studies at SOAS
  • Kush Varia; Birkbeck College - "Bollywood"
  • Language Tasters; various lecturers at SOAS; Arabic, Thai, Korean, Mandarin & Japanese
  • John Bunney; retired diplomat, adviser to the IAEA - "Nuclear Issues in Asia"
  • Dr. Jim Hoare, ex- ambassador to North Korea - "North Korea & nuclear power"
  • Jerry Ngo, Head of Community Partnerships S.C.B. - "Business in Asia & corporate social resposibilities"
  • Mr. Xu Fei Hong, Counsellor in the Chinese Embassy - "China in Asia"

March 2004

  • Her Excellency Dr Maleeha Lodhi; High Commissioner for Pakistan - "An Asian view of the West"
  • Sarah Hiddleston; Student Partnership Worldwide - "Educational and environmental schemes in Asia"
  • Panel discussion: "Iraq and Afghanistan: intervention or invasion?" 
    • Dr Zahir Tanin; BBC World Service Afghan Service
    • Dr. Mustafa Alani; Royal United Services Institute
    • Raja Jarrah; CARE International
  • Tony Hope; Chairman HSBC Insurance - "Multi-Nationals in China"
  • Dr. Susan Whitfield; Director International Dunhuang project - "Exploring the Silk Road"

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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