“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

“The Dark Side of the Middle East” with ‘Blood and Oil’ authors Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck

Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has recently gone from a reformist figure of the Middle East, praised by leaders worldwide, to a suspect in the murder of a journalist, raising questions about the true nature of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Our Middle East Events Officer, Sara Al Soodi, discusses the complex nature of MBS … Continue reading “The Dark Side of the Middle East” with ‘Blood and Oil’ authors Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck

Dr Victoria Baines: Cybersecurity

An Oxford University alumna, for undergraduate study Victoria read classics at Trinity College, she then undertook a Masters study at Oxford and, subsequently, a Roman Literature PhD at the University of Nottingham. According to Secure Computing Magazine, Dr Baines is one of the top 50 women of influence in cyber security. Her previous work experience … Continue reading Dr Victoria Baines: Cybersecurity

“Stumbling Blocks to Palestinian Development” with Prof. Bashar Malkawi

In 2008, the unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip reached 71%. The Palestinian economy is endemically weak, in part due to its split geography between Gaza and the West Bank, and its challenges have been exacerbated by political instability, conflict, and the COVID-19 crisis. In this episode, our Middle East Events Officer, Shariq Haidery, speaks … Continue reading “Stumbling Blocks to Palestinian Development” with Prof. Bashar Malkawi

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

“Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique” with author Dr. Sa’ed Atshan

Middle East Events Officer, Caitlin Hennessy, speaks with Dr Sa'ed Atshan Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College and who is currently on sabbatical a Visiting Scholar in Middle Eastern Studies at University of California, Berkley about his recent publication 'Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique'. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3ZyErTQMaElfWyLplrVPzD?si=vO92Wm0mSu2xJSzm3AhGyQ Interview by Caitlin Hennessy. … Continue reading “Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique” with author Dr. Sa’ed Atshan

COVID-19 and the Developing World: An Update

So far the UK has managed to stay within the capacity of its ventilator stock, despite early concerns that it would be insufficient. With over 11,000 of the potentially life saving machines, there is one for roughly every 6,000 people in the UK. By contrast, the New York Times estimates that there are over 20 … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Developing World: An Update

COVID-19: Some Thoughts on the Developing World

As this is my first President's post, hopefully of many, since Mia and I were elected as co-Presidents for next term, I had planned to do a bit of an introduction and an overview of our plans for OxSID over the coming months. But with the  pandemic rapidly entering every aspect of day-to-day life and … Continue reading COVID-19: Some Thoughts on the Developing World