World Affairs

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World Affairs Through Our Eyes: Poland


 HE Arkady Rzegocki, Ambassador of Poland


21 November



ARzegocki BRLSI Lecture 21 XI 2017.pdf

New Developments in Warfare: Is the World Becoming More Peaceful?


Professor Timo Kivimaki, University of Bath

17 October 2017


BRLSI paper Kivimäki public.pptx

What a Waste: The Human Dimension of Marine Litter


Kaylie Wyles, University of Surrey


19 September



What a Waste.pdf

Africa United


Richard Dowden, Royal African Society

18 July


As Britain, Belgium, France and Spain prepared their African territories for independence, the big question for African leaders was whether or not to redraw the borders. Europeans in Paris London, Berlin and Brussels had drawn lines on the map of Africa without any regard for the people who lived there or the geography of the land they were taking. They decided to keep the European borders creating problems for today's African states.


Richard Dowden Bath 2017.pptx

The Legacy of the Six Day War


Dr Ahron, Bregman, Kings College London

16 May 2017


In a move that would forever alter the map of the Middle East, Israel captured vast Arab lands in 1967’s brief but pivotal Six Day War. Ahron Bregman, author of Israel’s Cursed Victory, will assess the situation, and offer ways to end the 50-year old occupation.



The Viet Nam War


Professor Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge

18 April, 2017


America's war in Vietnam was a watershed in the 20th century: it transformed global politics, shifted the centre of gravity in US politics, and changed the basis of American power. It shaped the world in which we live today.


Cyber Security


Professor Chris Hankin, Imperial College, London

21 February 2017


Professor Hankin's presentation is attached at the bootom (Bath.pdf) and a link to his web site is given below.


World Affairs Through Our Eyes - Iceland


HE Ambassador Þórður Ægir Óskarsson, Embassy of Iceland, UK

15 November 2016





Please click below to download the presentation of the talk.

Nýtt LON Kynning MFA_NOV 2016_KHK.pptx

Victimhood and Difficult Pasts: The Legacy of Terrorism in Italy


Professor Anna Bull, University of Bath

20 September


World Affairs Through Our Eyes - Mexico


Please see this link for information of the visit of Minster David Nájera


Rationality, Democracy and Ethnic Cleansing


Professor David Galbreath, University of Bath

21 June 2016


World Affairs Through Our Eyes - China


His Excellency Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, People's Republic of China

17 May 2017



For text of talk please go to:





How Expert are the Terrorism Experts?


Professor David Miller, University of Bath

19 April 2016


Gendered Reflections on the 2015 Election and After


Professor Sarah Childs, University of Bristol

15 March 2016


Gender looked much more central in the 2015 GE: Labour's pink battle bus touring up and down the country; all the main parties' manifestos addressing a common terrain of 'women's issues'.

Reflecting on last year's election and the inter-party competition over the women's terrain, Professor Childs suggests that UK politics remains highly masculinised and the interests of women highly contested. 

Relocating Syrian War Refugees in the UK


Sandie Lewis, Wiltshire Council

16 February 2016



Sandie Lewis is Voluntary Coordinator for the Wiltshire Refugee Programme and Chair of the Wiltshire Refugee Operations Group. She told us the story of planning for and subsequent arrival of 27 Refugees (8 families) on 2nd December 2015.

One Year on from Charlie Hebdo


Aurelian Mondon, University of Bath

19 January 2016


Charlie Hebdo, Republican Secularism and Islamophobia

International Policy Options for Water Management in Agriculture


Dr Kevin Parris, ex OECD

17 November 2015

Population, economic growth, agriculture and many other drivers are putting pressure on water resources and water quality worldwide. Climate change brings further uncertainty and complexity to these pressures. The water challenge is multidimensional and this presentation focuses on a key dimension, agriculture. 

A Future Without Antimicrobials?


Dr Laura Shallcross, University College London / Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research

20th October 2015


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health crisis that threatens the delivery of modern medicine.  Without antimicrobials routine surgery and caesarean sections would become life threatening; modern cancer treatments impossible.

Slums in the Developing World are no Accident…


Mr Larry English, CEO reall

15th September 2015


Today, one in every two people lives in an urban area and city populations are growing by more than 1,000,000 new inhabitants every week. Cities in developing countries are expected to absorb 95% of urban population growth in the next two decades, increasing the slum population by nearly 500 million between now and 2020.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Is it Beyond Resolution?


Dr Tony Klug, advisor to ORG, Vice-Chair of the Arab-Jewish

29th April 2015   


I am delighted to be here at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, in such elegant surroundings and distinguished company. My appreciation to everyone involved for the invitation and thank you all for coming.

Indonesia: Corruption, Ethnicity, & the ‘Pax Americana’

Meeting chaired by Geoffrey Catchpole

Dr Leslie Palmier

Formerly of University of Bath

16 January 2006

Dr Palmier was formerly Reader in Sociology & founder Director of the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath, as well as Associate Fellow of St Antony’s College Oxford. He has been a student of Indonesia since 1951, & has authored several publications about the country.

Earthwatch in Brazil

Meeting chaired by the convenor Geoffrey Catchpole

Dr Roger Moses

Retired space science engineer at Bristol University

20 February 2006.

War in Uganda

Meeting chaired by Geoffrey Catchpole

Roger Bolton

Composer and former Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University College

29 September 2004.

Hong Kong: Riding the Dragon

Meeting chaired by Geoffrey Catchpole

Anthony Griffiths

BRLSI Member & Secretary to the Board of Trustees

12 November 2004.

In 1843 Hong Kong was acquired by treaty with Britain. In 1843 Kowloon, with its nine hills symbolised as humps of a dragon, was also acquired. Since the Second World War, its future has been tied to that of China- the ‘Mainland’- but although now that cannot be known, it looks promising. The speaker would first look at conditions needed for prosperity, then at developments and finally at the challenges now to be faced.

Regional Government & Environmental Policy

Dr Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Studies University of the West of England

17 January 2005

The presentation was based upon recent fieldwork by the speaker in Nova Scotia (NS) & New Brunswick (NB) provinces of Canada. He researched the institutional framework and principal policies for the promotion of sustainable development in those provinces.

Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Environmental Disaster

Sarah Coulthard

PhD student, University of Bath

25 January 2005

This illustrated talk, arranged in aid of the Tsunami Disaster Emergency Fund, dealt with the research in South India

being undertaken by the speaker.

Climate Change & International Development

Meeting chaired by Geoffrey Catchpole

Dr Timothy Taylor

University of Bath

21 February 2005

Massacre: Truth & Reality

Dr George Sanford

Reader in Politics, University of Bristol

21 March 2005

The primary topic of the speaker’s talk was the massacre known as the ‘Katyn Forest’ incident of 1940, when thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed by Russians, but his talk ranged more widely over the earlier and later periods and the significance for today of the political background to those events nominally in the past of over 65 years ago.

Cross-Border Relations at the Edge of the European Union

Chaired by Geoffrey Catchpole

Dr Ann Kennard

University of the West of England

18 April 2005.