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A difficult turn to the left: Peru’s latest election and Castillo’s plans

Pedro Castillo was declared President of Peru on June 28, 2021 Peruvian politics has always been interesting. The country has experienced multiple coups, numerous changes to its constitution, and an abundance of interesting presidents. Peru itself is on the west coast of the South American continent with a population of over thirty million people. In … Continue reading A difficult turn to the left: Peru’s latest election and Castillo’s plans

James Griffiths: Minority Languages

If development is to mean more than economic growth, then language should be on top of our agendas. The preservation of minority languages and the building of lingua franca is crucial for the cultural, social and civil well-being of societies. Development which values culture is inseparable from policies which preserve and languages.  In this conversation … Continue reading James Griffiths: Minority Languages

The Pan-African Dream: is it a political reality or has it been condemned to the ideological realm?

A dream born within the diaspora, pan-Africanism has been defined by W.E.B Du Bois as “the idea of one Africa united in experience and exposed to the impact of other cultures”. One may regard the fall of colonisation within Africa as being indicative of the dream coming to fruition, but if we are to look at … Continue reading The Pan-African Dream: is it a political reality or has it been condemned to the ideological realm?

Afghanistan and the end of the liberal intervention

U.S. Troops withdrew from Afghanistan at the end of summer leading to a Taliban takeover Photo: https://www.army-technology.com/news/us-troop-withdrawal-afghanistan-august/ At the end of summer, pundits, politicians, and the public alike watched the slow encroachment of the Taliban across Afghanistan with horror. Following the withdrawal of the bulk of American troops in most of the country, Western media … Continue reading Afghanistan and the end of the liberal intervention

“Internet Censorship in China” (Part 2/2) with Rongbin Han

Is censorship ever effective? What methods do the Chinese government use to censor the internet? Why does the Chinese government believe in censorship, and why do so many people in China agree? In the second half of this two-part series on internet censorship in China, Jemima talks to Rongbin Han about social, political, and economic … Continue reading “Internet Censorship in China” (Part 2/2) with Rongbin Han

“Internet Censorship in China” (Part 1/2) with James Griffiths

What happens if you criticize the Chinese government on the internet? Can the government censor any opinion that it doesn’t like or is there a line which it cannot cross? In this half of the two-part series on internet censorship in China, Zilun talks to James Griffiths about the anatomy of censorship in China and … Continue reading “Internet Censorship in China” (Part 1/2) with James Griffiths

“Violence Against Women and the Law in La Paz, Bolivia” with Dr. Ashley Rogers

What laws exist in Bolivia to combat violence against women? Where did they come from? How are they used by the women that they exist to protect? In this episode of our podcast series, our South American Events officer, Maddie Whitehead, speaks to Dr. Ashley Rogers about her PhD on Violence Against Women in La … Continue reading “Violence Against Women and the Law in La Paz, Bolivia” with Dr. Ashley Rogers

Combatting Extremism in Sub-Saharan Africa

https://youtu.be/LS7nCOMIwSM In our panel discussion in collaboration with Right for Education (R:Ed) Oxford, our Africa Events Officers engage in conversation on the nature of extremism within Sub-Saharan Africa with experts Dr. Benjamin Nickels, Dr. Max Abrahms, Hon. Aliyu Gebi and Dr. Fatima Akilu. (Thumbnail image: Laura Boushnak/The New York Times) By Jonathan Tostevin, Shereece Linton-Ramsay, and … Continue reading Combatting Extremism in Sub-Saharan Africa