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Daniel Raven-Ellison is a SOAS alumnus with a radical plan to make London the world's first National Park City. Here in the studio with Helen Reid, he talks about his inspiration and aims for the National Park City campaign, his admiration for foxes, and how SOAS taught him the activism he puts into practice today.

Read more about the campaign: www.nationalparkcity.london

This podcast goes into detail on the many issues presented by climate change to education and health in global development. Education levels are often closely linked with health issues - due to the underlying issue of poverty - what common challenges and opportunities do communities face in 'climate proofing' infrastructure and systems? What do the terms 'vulnerability' and 'resilience' mean in this context?

On the 17th of March, Joel Simon and Elisabeth Witchel discussed the increasing threat presented to press freedom, news coverage, and the right of citizens to be informed. They talked about the modern dangers and constraints of journalism, and on the rising trend in which journalists around the world are targeted for their reporting on topical issues. Also touched upon is the fact that the suspected killers are often powerful figures in society who are rarely prosecuted, resulting in damaging consequences for the role of the media today.

On the 9th of March, Professor Charles King gave a talk on his new book, 'Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul'. Charles King reveals the hidden Islamic jazz age in a period of urban reinvention and imperial collapse: a moment when the center of the Ottoman Empire began to transform itself into a modern metropolis. Through war, regime change, and refugee flight, Istanbul emerged as a new kind of cosmopolitan center.

On the 3rd of March, Dr Susan Harris Rimmer gave a talk on gender in the field of diplomacy studies. The talk focuses on how the new representation of women and LGBTI+ persons in the practice of diplomacy since the mid-twentieth century should have made a profound impact on the field of diplomacy studies. The ensuing discussion reveals that in fact, the ‘business model’ of diplomacy has been resistant to transformation on gender equality grounds thus far in terms of language, practice and content.

On the 25th of February, the 13th Annual Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen International Law lecture was held in association with the United Nations Association Westminster Branch, the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS, and the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales. The lecture was led by Dr Ahmed Shaheed. Dr Shaheed argued for a greater use of the special procedures system, including closer integration into the Rights Up Front framework proposed by Ban Ki Moon in 2013.

On the 24th of February, a panel comprised of Rebecca Sharkey, Sarah Graham-Brown and Dr Dan Plesch led a seminar that looked into the tension between military strategic thinking and the primacy of the humanitarian imperative. The discussion explores how, since the creation of the atomic bomb, the world's leading scientists and leaders have made repeated calls urging a deeper understanding of the threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons. Rebecca Sharkey is the Co-ordinater of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in the UK.

On the 17th of February, Professor Peter Slinn gave a talk on the British Commonwealth and the Rule of Law from a practitioner's perspective. The talk addressed a wide range of critical issues concerning the history and legal significance of the Commonwealth. Discussion extended as far as addressing the relevance of the Commonwealth as a political entity in the modern world. Professor Slinn qualified as a solicitor in 1967, when he began his career as a legal adviser in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Palm oil is almost ubiquitous in our food. But what is it doing to our health and the economies & environment where it is produced? An international collaboration, part of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), has recently been awarded funding from the grant from the Wellcome Trust to co-lead a pilot research project on health and sustainability aspects of palm oil. The research project ‘POSHE: Palm Oil: Sustainability, Health and Economics’ started last September and is co-led.

On the 20th of January, Dr Laura Hammond chaired a discussion featuring the content of the newly released book, 'Post-2015 UN Development: Making Change Happen?'. The talk was headed by a number of academics involved in the project including editors Dr Thomas G. Weiss and Stephen Browne, as well as contributor Richard O'Brien. The arguments provided are that the most valuable roles of the UN are in fostering global cooperation to confront emerging development challenges, and that there are currently concrete and realistic proposals to strengthen the UN’s capacities.

On the 13th of January, Dr Mark S. Ellis gave a talk on the topic of his new book, "Sovereignty and Justice: Balancing the Principle of Complementarity between International and Domestic War Crimes Tribunals". Dr Ellis discusses the critical issues facing international criminal justice and makes practical, forward-looking propositions on how to make the system of international law more efficient. Dr Ellis is the Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA), leading the foremost international organisation of bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers in the world.

On the 3rd of December, Carne Ross gave a lecture on his experience and work as a diplomat, challenging both the current British system of political government as well as standardized approaches to global crises. Discussing his books 'Leaderless Generation' and 'The Independent Diplomat: Dispatches from an Unaccountable Elite', Carne illustrates his purpose for founding the Independent Diplomat - a non-profit advisory group in the world of diplomacy. Carne was a British diplomat for over fifteen years before resigning in 2004 in protest to Britain's invasion of Iraq.

On the 19th of November a panel comprised of Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Shanti Sattler, Dr Mark Ellis, Dr Lutz Oette, and Dr Dan Plesch discussed the International Criminal Court (ICC) in relation to new evidence of national war crime trials held after World War II. This new evidence was discussed in the context of complementary justice, torture, and the prosecution of sexual crimes and low-level criminals. Professor Heller served as Human Rights Watch’s external legal adviser on the trial of Saddam Hussein and currently teaches Criminal Law at SOAS, University of London.

On the 11th of November, Jack Blum gave a lecture about the challenges of Corporate Accountability and Limited Liability (CALL) in a globalised world. He discusses it in the context of state kleptocracy and personal responsibilities. Fraud and corruption run through the economy, hidden in technology and off-shore locations. The question posed is "How can we make companies and governments more accountable?".

On the 21st of October, Dr Graciana del Castillo gave a lecture discussing the current concerns presented in her latest book, 'Guilty Party: The International Community in Afghanistan’. The lecture included commentary on aid and drug dependency in Afghanistan, as well as the challenges that both the new government and the international community face in bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the region. Dr Graciana del Castillo is an expert on countries in crises, including those affected by conflict, natural disasters and financial collapse.

On the 22nd of October, Dr David Bosco and Anthony Dworkin gave a lecture about the current and future challenges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a world of power politics, specifically the argument that the court is biased and a Western tool of imperialism, ignoring the crimes committed by Great Power states. David Bosco is an assistant professor at American University's School of International Service.

Development Matters: Assessing impact of malaria control on early cognitive development and educational outcomes for children in Mali and Senegal.

Is Fair trade fair for all involved in the production of tea, coffee and other commodities? The Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda project set out to improve our understanding of how global trade in agricultural commodities affects the lives of poor rural Africans, especially through wage employment. Listen to Professor Christopher Cramer (Development Studies, SOAS) talk to Dr. Michael Jennings, (Chairman of the Centre of African Studies, SOAS) about the methodology, findings and implications of this DFID funded 4-year study in Ethiopia and Uganda.

In this public lecture, Kumi Naidoo looks at what justifies non-violent direct action, and discusses when and why it should be deployed. Dr Naidoo draws on recent campaigns such as last year's protest at an Arctic oil drilling rig, which saw activists arrested by Russian authorities and held for 100 days, and the anti-apartheid struggle he was part of in his home country, South Africa.

In this Governance in Africa Conversations podcast produced by the School of Oriental and African Studies(SOAS)/Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dr. Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, talks about natural resources in Africa, governance and the effects of climate change.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'Natural Resources Governance' and the podcast by Silas Siakor. Participants of this workshop came from the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'New Media and Participatory Governance' and the podcast by Simon Kolawale. Participants of this workshop came from a Senior High School in Accra, Ghana.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to the 'West African Political Model' and the podcast by Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim. Participants of this workshop came from the The University of Ghana in Legon.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'HIV/AIDS in South Africa' and the podcast by Hein Marais. Participants of this workshop came from the Community Based Organisation Act for Change, based in Jamestown Accra.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'Governance in Mozambique' and the podcast by Luisa Diogo. Participants of this workshop came from the IPMC Training College in Accra.

This podcast is part of the Governance for Beginners workshop series that was carried out by JT LIVE RADIO, GHANA and The Centre of African Studies in Accra, Ghana in April 2014. This podcast captures young people's responses to 'New Media and Participatory Governance.' Participants of this workshop came from the YPG Church Youth Group in Accra.

Many hopes and expectations of what has been labelled the Arab 'Spring' in 2011 has turned into scepticism and uncertainty two years later. From Egypt to Syria the situation does not seem to be as promising for the 'freedom', 'dignity' and 'justice' that millions of Arab protesters have called for. Rabab El-Mahdi, Associate Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo and a prominent activist, shares her thoughts on what has happened over the two years, where is it leading to, whether we are about to see the fruition of the Arab Uprisings, or have they withered away for good?

In May 2013 LIDC awarded its first Fellowship grants for interdisciplinary research in international development to three inter-college teams of academics from Bloomsbury Colleges. Nearly a year into the projects, LIDC talked to one of the teams: Martha Betson, Research Fellow in One Health at the Royal Veterinary College; and Julian Drewe, Lecturer in veterinary epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College. The team are looking at how land use changes influence macaque behaviour and interactions with humans in Malaysia.

A team from the Royal Veterinary College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and their partners have been awarded a grant to study the relationship between livestock value chains and nutritional status of women and children.

On 1 December we celebrate World AIDS Day. Between 2011-2015, World AIDS Day has the theme: "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths."

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