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The official Oxford Society for International Development podcast. We interview leaders and key thinkers in the field of international development with the aim of generating discussion around some of the biggest challenges facing today’s global society. Find out more at oxsid.org

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The official Oxford Society for International Development podcast. We interview leaders and key thinkers in the field of international development with the aim of generating discussion around some of the biggest challenges facing today’s global society. Find out more at oxsid.org

    War Journalism in the Middle East with Zahra Hankir

    War Journalism in the Middle East with Zahra Hankir

    Zahra Hankir, a Lebanese British journalist and the editor of Our Women on the Ground, writes about the intersection of politics, culture, and society, particularly in the broader Middle East. Her work has appeared in publications including Condé Nast Traveler, The Observer Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, BBC News, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The Rumpus. She was awarded a Jack R. Howard Fellowship in International Journalism to attend the Columbia Journalism School and holds degrees in politics and Middle Eastern studies.

    • 27 min
    China and The World with Rana Mitter

    China and The World with Rana Mitter

    Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at Oxford University, and will shortly become S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a celebrated British historian, a published author, and a regular presenter for BBC Radio 3. In this episode, he shares his view on how China's relationship with and effect on the rest of the world is likely to change (or not change) and opens up about his personal career journey.

    • 43 min
    Reporting on South America: An Interview with AS/COA's Luisa Leme

    Reporting on South America: An Interview with AS/COA's Luisa Leme

    We invite Luisa Leme, who has a decade's worth of experience heading multimedia projects in the Americas Society/Council of the, to share her experience with reporting on South America. Leme is interviewed by our South American Events Officer, Pippa Linden-Howes.

    • 56 min
    The Iranian Protests & the Future of Civil Action with Suzanne Kianpour

    The Iranian Protests & the Future of Civil Action with Suzanne Kianpour

    Suzanne Kianpour is an Emmy-nominated BBC journalist. She has reported on the frontlines of conflict all around the world, with her recent work including coverage of the protests in Iran following the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini. Additionally, Kianpour is the creator and host of “Women Building Peace”, a BBC series that connects women trying to bring peace with lived experience in conflict zones with women who are globally influential. In collaboration with the Cherwell, we invite Suzanne about her experience as a frontline journalist, the Iranian protests, and the future of civil action and conflict resolution. 



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    • 31 min
    Regional Economic/Political Unions with Fandi Achmad

    Regional Economic/Political Unions with Fandi Achmad

    Regional economic/political unions are some of the most important organisations in our world today. We invite Fandi Achmad to discuss how unions like ASEAN, African Union, Mercosur, etc. can shape individual member states economically, politically, and socially. He is interviewed by marketing director Brandon Sambrano.



    Fandi Achmad is a DPhil candidate in International Development at Oriel College, University of Oxford. He has over ten years of work experience covering issues of international trade and digital trade policies, competition policy, and financial inclusion. He held various positions in the past, including in the Executive Office of the President of Indonesia, where he monitored the country’s strategic issues on industrial and trade policies, and in the ASEAN Secretariat, where he ran regional programmes for the development of competition policy and law and served the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Working Group on competition negotiations between 2013-2016.



    Fandi is currently a consultant for the St. Gallen Endowment for Prosperity Through Trade to monitor trade and commercial policy changes in ASEAN countries for the Global Trade Alert. He also recently engaged as a consultant for UNESCAP and OECD for a research project on digital trade regulatory restrictiveness in several Asian and African countries. Drawing from these experiences, his doctoral research seeks to investigate the channels on how digital trade affects digital technology diffusion in developing countries. He receives the Jardine Foundation Scholarship Award to sponsor his doctoral study.



    Fandi holds a Bachelor in Economics Degree from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, USA, and a Master of Advanced Studies in Economics from KU Leuven, Belgium. He was also awarded as a Young Leaders for Indonesia by McKinsey & Co. in 2010.

    • 27 min
    Making Sense of Citizens' Responsibilities under Authoritarian States - On the Russian Invasion of Ukraine with Brian Wong

    Making Sense of Citizens' Responsibilities under Authoritarian States - On the Russian Invasion of Ukraine with Brian Wong

    Brian is a geopolitical strategist and advisor publishing extensively on Sino-American relations, statecraft in Asia, and the intersection of nascent technologies, political philosophy, and public policy. Currently pursuing a DPhil in Political Theory at Balliol College, Oxford, Brian graduated with a Distinction in the MPhil in Politics (Theory) at Wolfson College, and First Class Honours from Pembroke with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, having attended Oxford on a full scholarship on a Kwok Scholarship. Brian has taught modules in politics to undergraduate students at Oxford and Stanford Universities (latter on exchange). Brian has presented on Sino-American relations and Chinese foreign policy at Tsinghua, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, Stanford, the Young China Watcher and Tufts Conferences, and advised leading MNCs on macro risks in Asia.

    His works and writings look predominantly at citizens' responsibilities under authoritarian regimes, non-ideal/democratic circumstances, and duties towards justice and altruism. In this podcast, Brian sits down to discuss the various facets of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    • 58 min

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