Beacon TT 2018, Week 4: "The Legacy of WWII for China Today" – Professor Rana Mitter

In this week's episode of The Beacon, Robert Pieters interviews Professor Rana Mitter to discuss the continued relevance of China's experiences of the Second World War for its contemporary international relations. Professor Mitter, based at the Oxford University China Centre, is a leading authority on modern China, having authored several books on the topic, including China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival in 2013. As China becomes more and more important on the global stage, there are thus few people better placed to discuss the topics of how the wartime experience continues to colour China's relationships with its neighbours, and how narratives of the war continue to shape how China conducts itself internationally today.

Beacon TT 2018, Week 3: "A Grim Situation: Trump’s US and the Iran Deal" – Amin Saikal

In this week’s special episode of “The Beacon”, uploaded the day after Trump withdrew the US from the Iran Deal, Tandee Wang, an international contributor from the Australian National University, talks to Amin Saikal about the deal and its consequences for the Middle East region and the international community.  

Saikal is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the ANU. His major works include “Iran at the Crossroads” (2016), “Zone of Crisis” Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq” (2014) and “Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival” (2012). Last year, he was co-leader of Australia’s first high-level dialogue with Iran in over a decade. Saikal is therefore perfectly placed to share his insights on the uncertain relationship between the US and Iran in the age of Trump. 

Beacon TT 2018, Week 2: "Make the opportunity happen – Women in IR" – Kori Schake and Caitlin Vito

In this week’s episode of “The Beacon”, Verity Bligh talks to Kori Schake and Caitlin Vito at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). Kori Schake is Deputy-Director General of the IISS and was previously a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Caitlin Vito is Coordinator for the Deputy Director-General’s Office at the IISS and is a regular contributor to its publications on armed conflict and migration issues. Kori is also a regular panel-member on David Rothkopf’s Deep State Radio podcast and Caitlin is a fellow avid podcast listener. Together, they talk about engaging young women in International Relations, nerd out about podcasts and reflect on the way in our life-choices shape both our careers and world-views.

Beacon TT 2018, Week 1: "Kant, Populism and the EU" - Prof. Simon Glendinning

Discussing the philosophical narratives around the European Union, Millie Radovic interviews Professor Simon Glendinning of the London School of Economics. A graduate of Oxford, Prof. Glendinning has focused much of his research on European Philosophy which he teaches at the European Institute of the LSE. Discussing how some of these enduring concepts, particularly Immanuel Kant’s ideas, relate to the EU today, Millie and Prof. Glendinning talk about what Kant may have said about Brexit, populism, and the notion of a European identity.

Beacon HT 2018, Week 6: Refugees, Reconstruction and Syria - Matthieu Cimino

With the manifest failure of the international community to act to save Syria's citizens and the recurrent infringement of any UN Security Council-backed resolution for a nationwide ceasefire, most recently after a week which has seen the relentless bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, this week's episode of The Beacon sees Adam Mazarelo interviewing Matthieu Cimino, Marie-Skɫodowska Curie researcher at the University of Oxford and an associate researcher at the IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence. They discuss a broad range of topics relating to the ongoing war in Syria: from the war's effects on neighbouring Lebanon and the prospects of return for refugees and reconstruction of the country, to the historical context of the Assad regime's rhetoric on Salafi Jihadism.

Beacon HT 2018, Week 5: Life in Gaza and Oxford - Lana Alhelou

In light of the tensions and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, this week's episode of The Beacon sees Adam Mazarello interviewing Lama Alhelou, Junior Members Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford and Gaza resident. They discuss the what it's really like to live in Gaza, the prospects of peace for the future and the attitudes of a generation of young people, for whom war has become a permanent feature of life.

Beacon HT 2018, Week 2: China, Australia and a Yard of Ale - Kevin Rudd

In this week’s episode of “The Beacon” – released on Australia Day 2018 – Verity Bligh talks to Kevin Rudd, a former Australian prime minister, current student at Jesus College and a lifelong Sinologist. Together, they discuss the nature of international diplomacy, China’s rise as a global power and the Turf Tavern “yard of ale” challenge. 

Beacon HT 2018, Week 1: "Enough Experts" - Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis

In this week's episode of "The Beacon", Verity Bligh talks to Kalypso Nicolaidis, Professor of International Relations at Oxford, about her innovative and engaging approach to make sense of big-picture current affairs. They discuss the meaning of Brexit through the lens of Greek mythology, the need for union rather than unity in Europe and the role of academia in a world that has "had enough of experts". 

Masooda Bano


In this week's The Beacon, Nicholas Chin interviews Masooda Bano, Associate Professor in the Oxford Department of International Development, Senior Golding Fellow, Brasenose College, University of Oxford and author of The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan. They discuss aid effectiveness, what we can do to make sure aid is more effective and looking at ways in which we donate money.