“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

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

“The Economics of Happiness in Asia” with Dr. Kent Schroeder and Prof. Jeremy Brooks

Is there more to development than economic growth? Why are East Asian countries experiencing worrying rates of depression and suicide despite their drastic improvements in GDP? In this episode, our Asia Events Officer, Zilun Lin, speaks to Dr. Kent Schroeder and Prof. Jeremy Brooks about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness model as an alternative developmental framework. … Continue reading “The Economics of Happiness in Asia” with Dr. Kent Schroeder and Prof. Jeremy Brooks

“Gender Based Violence Across the World” with Dr. Lina AbiRafeh

Dr. Lina AbiRafeh is the executive director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University. She specialises in working against gender based violence across the world. She is in conversation with Jaimini, the North America Events Officer, and Sara, the Middle East Events Officer, about her experiences helping women stricken by conflict … Continue reading “Gender Based Violence Across the World” with Dr. Lina AbiRafeh

Farmers at War: A Short Introduction to India’s Agricultural Plight

https://youtu.be/dJVC8fYhJf0 Farmers in India have been protesting against three farm acts passed by the Parliament of India in September 2020. But what exactly is going on? Narrated by Talha Islam and illustrated by Pearl Hong, Asia Events Officer, this video gives a short introduction to the origins and ongoing developments in the protests. Narrated by … Continue reading Farmers at War: A Short Introduction to India’s Agricultural Plight

Developed and Developing: A Critique of the Way We See the World

Photo by Ivan Bandura Growing up in a western European country, it is hard to avoid the terms ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ as a framework for viewing the entire world. A brief online search reveals dozens of articles from the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Economist and other news sources using this language, and here at Oxford … Continue reading Developed and Developing: A Critique of the Way We See the World

Modern China-Africa Relations with Lauren Johnston

https://youtu.be/LcV1mGc_Yx4 Jess Wallis (Middle East Events Officer, OxSID) animates the work of Lauren Johnston (research associate, China Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London) based on an interview between her and Leo Bartels (Africa Events Officer, OxSID) which took place in June 2020 covering the increased interaction between China and areas … Continue reading Modern China-Africa Relations with Lauren Johnston