Taste Tibet

Taste Tibet




In this week's episode of "The Beacon", Verity Bligh speaks to Julie Kleeman and Yeshi Jampa, the husband-and-wife team behind Taste Tibet - hands-down the best food stall at Oxford's Gloucester Green Markets. Taking a step back from International Relations as an over-theorised academic field, this interview dives deep into Tibetan food and culture to look at the way in which ordinary people think about and engage with the world around them, in an increasingly multicultural and globalised age. 

Patrick Thewlis

Patrick Thewlis Interview


In this week's episode of The Beacon, Nicholas Chin interviews Patrick Thewlis, a quantitative research assistant on the Changing Structures of Islamic Authority project. They discuss the social determinants of intimate partner violence in Europe, assessing the socioeconomic conditions behind violence and the intrinsic data collection issues that hinder research in this field.

Avi Shlaim

Avi Shlaim Interview


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In this week's episode of The Beacon, Verity Bligh interviews Avi Shlaim, a leading historian on the Arab-Israeli conflict and professor emeritus of International Relations at St Antony’s college, Oxford. They discuss the challenges of studying the Israel-Palestine crisis, the meaning of national identity and the importance of History in a world of constant political turbulence

Edward Lucas

Edward Lucas Interview


In this episode of The Beacon, Verity Bligh interviews Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist and author of “New Cold War” and “Cyberphobia”. They discuss past and present Russian power politics, the importance of cyber-security and the future of journalism in a world of “fake news”.


Edward Lucas’ book recommendations:

  • “The Engineer of Human Souls” by Josef Skvorecky
  • “The Captive Mind” by Czeslaw Milosz
  • “The Great Terror” by Robert Conquest
  • “Gulag”, “Iron Curtain” and “Red Famine” by Anne Applebaum
  • “Bloodlands” by Timothy Snyder


The Trump Podcast

This week's episode of The Beacon explores President Trump's approach to foreign policy. Questioning how far Trump's election represents a turning for US foreign policy, and aiming to get behind the meaning of "America First", Lydie Sheehan speaks to Dr Jacob Parakilas, Assistant Head of the US and Americas Programme at Chatham House, and Dr Charles Krauthammer, a political commentator for the Washington Post and Fox News. 


This week’s podcast focuses on approaches to counterterrorism. To find out more on the matter Lydie Sheehan spoke to Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and a specialist in international security with an emphasis on terrorist movements, Dr Loretta Napoleoni, a political analyst with expertise in terrorist financing, and Richard Barrett, former director of global counter-terrorism at MI6, who now works on countering violent extremist as part of the Global Strategy Network.

Revolution in Tunisia

This week, The Beacon examines the 2011 uprisings in Tunisia that jumpstarted the “Arab Spring” across the Middle East and North Africa. To understand what happened in Tunisia from the people’s perspective during those early days, Dunya Habash spoke with 3 Tunisians who participated in the events in different ways. The first was Montasar Adaili, a masters student studying in Tunis when the protests broke out, Dr. Mohamed-Salah Omri, associate professor of Modern Arabic Language and Literature at Oxford’s Oriental Institute, and Yosra Outertani, an associate professor of English at the Higher Institute of Languages of Nabeul, Carthage University.

If you wish to comment on this topic, we are accepting admissions to our blog. Similarly, you may find the original, unedited interview with Dr. Omri below. 

The Dr. Omri interview can be found here.

The Curious case of Brazil: should the BRICs drop the B?

This week Zoe Hodge takes a look at Brazil. In the midst of the on-going corruption scandal, and mired in recession, the once-golden country of economic growth and prospering democracy seems now more than a little tainted. We explore the current crisis, and locate it within a longer story of Brazilian history and culture. Interviewing an academic, a journalist and a university student, these Brazilians reflect on the legacy of their country and their thoughts on its future.