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David Miliband, Zeinab Badawi and Others Join 'Question Time International'

Question Time International Panel

(L to R) Stephen Chan, David Kennedy, Zeinab Badawi, David Miliband, Gita Sahgal. Photo: Dougal Wallace

14 January 2011

Students, academics, media representatives and the curious gathered at the SOAS  Brunei Lecture Theatre on Tuesday evening  to hear some of the most prominent names in international affairs discuss some of the important issues of the day.

Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband MP, SOAS Professor of International Relations Stephen Chan and human-rights activist and SOAS alumna Gita Sahgal were among the panellists for Question Time International, which was based loosely on the format of the BBC Question Time programme.

BBC presenter and SOAS alumna Zeinab Badawi chaired the event, which was organised around the visit to SOAS of the renowned international law expert and Harvard Law School Professor David Kennedy, who was also on the panel.

The event was hosted by SOAS's Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law.
Topics debated included the implications of Wikileaks for international diplomacy, the value of international disaster-relief efforts, what it would mean to recognise a Palestinian state and international action against gender-based violence.

A video of the discussion is available on the SOAS website Question Time International with Zeinab Badawi Video

The video has also been posted to the Alumni Relations Office's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SOASalumni#p/c/5AE01DBD397E3905

The School hosted a discussion on Twitter during the event, the results of which can be found by searching on Twitter for the hashtag '#soasqt': http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23soasqt