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Established in 2000, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS is a research-driven unit committed to the promotion of excellence in scholarship and teaching. The Centre is committed to the development of applied international studies and to ensuring that its work impacts key international debates.

The CISD podcast series is a collection of lectures, debates and conversations exploring international affairs.

Issues ranging from nuclear proliferation to humanitarian intervention are discussed by a mix of prominent scholars, students and practitioners.

The series aims to capture the multi-disciplinary approach of the Centre as well as its advocacy of the some of the more non-conventional or marginalized issues in international affairs.

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Asia Rising: China and India as Emergent Great PowersMon, 2017-12-04 00:21

Abstract: China and India’s contemporary rise to prominence will significantly impact upon geopolitics over the... See details

CISD: Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer RoyalSun, 2017-11-26 17:18

Lord Martin Rees  -  Astronomer  Royal and Fellow  of Trinity College Cambridge Peering into the Future: The... See details

CISD: H.E. Ambassador Abdul Minty on politics in South AfricaSun, 2017-11-26 17:12

In the first of the “Ambassador in Residence Discussion Series 2017” H.E. Ambassador Abdul Minty speaks about... See details

CISD: Women and the UN Origins - A Southern CritiqueSat, 2017-11-25 00:47

Current thinking would lead you to believe that Western delegates were responsible for getting women’s right into the... See details

War and Peace in the 21st CenturyTue, 2017-11-21 01:31

Dr Plesch reviews renewed concerns over nuclear war and emerging technologies against the context of intensifying... See details

Interview: CISD Women's Empowerment GroupTue, 2017-04-11 20:14

The CISD Women's Empowerment Group aims to promote women’s voices and work towards gender equality in the... See details

CISD Annual Law Lecture: Françoise Hampson - Should we be worried about the health of international law?Tue, 2017-03-14 14:26

Françoise Hampson, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Essex Making rules and adhering to them has underpinned... See details

CISD Lunchtime Sessions: The Indian Caste System - What's Next?Mon, 2017-01-23 20:44

At CISD we benefit from wonderful lectures, but our students themselves can also offer unique perspectives. We have a... See details

CISD: Richard Murphy - Taming the Inclination to Tax AbuseWed, 2017-01-18 19:18

In this talk professor Richard Murphy tackles the issue of tax abuse by analysing three key themes:  why the efforts... See details

CISD: Security and Nuclear Issues in South AsiaFri, 2016-12-09 18:29

In this talk Ambassor Dhanapala discusses safety concerns in South Asia with India and Pakistan being nuclear... See details

CISD: David C. Unger - Explaining the American Election: How it Happened, What It Means, and Where Do We Go from Here?Sat, 2016-11-26 21:15

In this talk, David C. Unger delves into the complexities of the US election. He discusses its immediate causes,... See details

CISD: Reflections on the Islamic State and CaliphateFri, 2016-11-25 17:46

In this talk Dr. Dawood Azami of the BBC World Service and Malise Ruthven a contributor to the New York Review of Books... See details

CISD: Anti-Corruption in Adverse ContextsFri, 2016-11-11 18:36

In this talk, Dr Pallavi Roy, Mushtaq Khan and Antonio Andreoni discuss Anti-corruption strategies in adverse... See details

CISD: UN Series UNHCR Luc Brandt InterviewMon, 2016-05-23 13:33

Interview with Dr Luc Brandt, a consultant with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about his experience... See details

CISD: UN Series OHCHR Mutoy Mubiala InterviewMon, 2016-05-16 12:00

Interview with Mr Mutoy Mubiala, an official at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on... See details

CISD: UN Series IOM Daniel Szabo InterviewMon, 2016-05-09 12:00

Interview with Daniel Szabo, Communications Officer at the International Organisation for Migration on his experiences... See details

CISD: UN Series Nour's SpeechMon, 2016-05-02 14:54

CISD Student Nour Shawaf gives the opening speech at the UN reception on the first day of the study tour. See details

CISD: Emily Bowerman InterviewTue, 2016-03-01 12:00

In relation to the event Education Beyond borders, Emily Bowerman is Programmes Manager at Refugee Support Network.... See details

CISD: Dami Makinde InterviewMon, 2016-02-22 12:00

In relation to the event Education Beyond Borders, Dami Makinde is a Project Co-ordinate at Let Us Learn, a youth-led... See details

CISD: Education Beyond BordersMon, 2016-02-15 12:00

We hope that SOAS create their 'Refugee Scholarships' in a way that is inclusive and provides meaningful access and... See details

CISD: David Kennedy, "A World of Struggle"Mon, 2016-02-08 12:00

David Kennedy, Ben Fine, Gina Heathcote, Stephen Hopgood and Gerry Simpson discuss David Kennedy’s new book "A World... See details

CISD: The Paris Agreement On Climate ChangeMon, 2016-02-01 12:00

The panel for this event will evaluate the content of Paris Agreement. They will cover mitigation, adaptation, loss and... See details

CISD: Interview Natalie Bennett On The Refugee CrisisMon, 2016-01-25 12:00

Following up on the event 'Refugee Crisis: Perceptions, Realities & Solutions', Natalie Bennett, leader of the... See details

CISD: Refugee Crisis: Perceptions, Realities & SolutionsMon, 2016-01-18 12:00

The crisis facing refugees is entering its worst phase yet. Hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes in... See details

CISD: Women Of The Global South Were InstrumentalIin Placing Gender Equality On The UN CharterMon, 2016-01-11 12:00

Panelists Dr Dan Plesch and students discuss whether this southern agency changes the sense of ownership of the Charter... See details

CISD: Prosecuting Rape As A War CrimeMon, 2016-01-04 12:00

Panelists Professor Christine Chinkin, Dr Dan Plesh and Ewan Lawson discuss the work of the new LSE Centre on Women,... See details

Impunity in the Killing of Journalists and Other Threats to Press Freedom TodayFri, 2015-03-20 19:26

On the 17th of March, Joel Simon and Elisabeth Witchel discussed the increasing threat presented to press freedom, news... See details

Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern IstanbulFri, 2015-03-13 20:57

On the 9th of March, Professor Charles King gave a talk on his new book, 'Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of... See details

Feminist Diplomacy: Our Man in...Fri, 2015-03-13 19:59

On the 3rd of March, Dr Susan Harris Rimmer gave a talk on gender in the field of diplomacy studies. The talk focuses... See details

The United Nations Special Procedures System: the Challenges of Human Rights ImplementationFri, 2015-02-27 21:41

On the 25th of February, the 13th Annual Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen International Law lecture was held in association with... See details

Nuclear Weapons vs. Humanitarian ImperativeFri, 2015-02-27 21:03

On the 24th of February, a panel comprised of Rebecca Sharkey, Sarah Graham-Brown and Dr Dan Plesch led a seminar that... See details

Preserving the Rule of Law in the Commonwealth: the role of the legal community?Fri, 2015-02-27 19:26

On the 17th of February, Professor Peter Slinn gave a talk on the British Commonwealth and the Rule of Law from a... See details

Post-2015 UN Development: Making Change Happen? Fri, 2015-01-23 23:21

On the 20th of January, Dr Laura Hammond chaired a discussion featuring the content of the newly released book,... See details

Sovereignty and JusticeFri, 2015-01-16 21:20

On the 13th of January, Dr Mark S. Ellis gave a talk on the topic of his new book, "Sovereignty and Justice: Balancing... See details

The Leaderless RevolutionThu, 2015-01-15 21:33

On the 3rd of December, Carne Ross gave a lecture on his experience and work as a diplomat, challenging both the... See details

Reinforcing International Criminal Justice: Building on the Work of the 1943-48 UN War Crimes Commission (UNWCC)Thu, 2014-11-20 20:35

On the 19th of November a panel comprised of Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Shanti Sattler, Dr Mark Ellis, Dr Lutz Oette,... See details

Making Corporations AccountableThu, 2014-11-20 20:09

On the 11th of November, Jack Blum gave a lecture about the challenges of Corporate Accountability and Limited... See details

From Failed Interventions to a New Strategy for AfghanistanFri, 2014-10-31 20:37

On the 21st of October, Dr Graciana del Castillo gave a lecture discussing the current concerns presented in her latest... See details

Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power PoliticsThu, 2014-10-30 19:46

On the 22nd of October, Dr David Bosco and Anthony Dworkin gave a lecture about the current and future challenges of... See details

Did the Arab 'Spring' Wither Away? - Rabab El MahdiTue, 2014-05-20 18:04

Many hopes and expectations of what has been labelled the Arab 'Spring' in 2011 has turned into scepticism and... See details

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