Religious Institutions and Conservation Efforts in Africa

Photo from PUP Global Heritage Consortium With the epidemic of HIV/AIDS ongoing in the continent of Africa for the past century, many initiatives have been made in effort to combat this dire health concern. Backing many of these efforts have been religious institutions, in which they have played a pivotal and successful role in establishing … Continue reading Religious Institutions and Conservation Efforts in Africa

Mali: Conflict, Political Instability and Future Conflict

Photo from Alchetron The Republic of Mali, home to more than 20 million people, is a landlocked country in West Africa. Since the outbreak of the Mali War in 2012, the country has been embroiled in military and political conflict, including two coups d’état in the past two years. Conflict began in the country following … Continue reading Mali: Conflict, Political Instability and Future Conflict

Feminism and Development: How can women get involved with peace negotiations?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6jrqs6HtBFEbTFOVsPwGjK?si=KS0XmPe9ThmjHaDhIz2q-Q Marnie speaks with Andrea Philippi who works for Peace for Women Across the Globe. Started in 2008 this organisation is committed to the active participation of women in peace processes and to a peaceful and secure world for all. In this episode we discuss their projects in Palestine and Ukraine as well as looking … Continue reading Feminism and Development: How can women get involved with peace negotiations?

“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