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WSD Handa Distinguished Annual Lecture Series

This series of Distinguished Lectures was created in 2017 with support from Worldwide Support for Development (WSD) and its founder Dr Handa, which is a Japan based charitable foundation.  This lecture series  promotes cutting edge scholarship on and understanding of three of the regions in which SOAS specialises: China, South Asia and the Middle East. The Lecturer given by a leading scholar in the field or practitioners who have engaged with the region concerned with distinction.

Worldwide Support for Development (WSD)

Worldwide Support for Development is a not-for-profit organization committed to assisting disadvantaged people and communities throughout the world. The aim of WSD is to help create a world where people ‒ no matter where they live ‒ can be safe and happy and enjoy economically, socially and culturally high standards of living. WSD works to facilitate international cooperation and support in social welfare and education, as well as academia, and to assist people who are experiencing social and financial need. 

Previous Events in this series

Australia’s Engagement with China: An Australian Perspective

Tony Abbott, AC (former Prime Minister of Australia, 2013-15) and Tom Tugendhat, MP (Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, House of Commons)

The WSD Handa Distinguished Lecture 2020, at SOAS University of London. This lecture will focus on the key drivers behind the relationship between Australia and China.

3 September 2020, Virtual Event, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

China’s Rise and the Security of East Asia

Professor Thomas J. Christensen (Columbia University)

This lecture will be the second of the WSD Handa Distinguished lectures at SOAS.

12 October 2018, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT), 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Engaging with China: A View from the Neighbourhood

Sir John Key, GNZM, AC (Former Prime Minister of New Zealand)
In the first of the new WSD Handa Distinguished lectures, Sir John Key, GNZM, AC (former New Zealand Prime Minister) will draw upon experience of engaging with China when he served in the government of New Zealand.7 September 2017, Senate House, Senate House Alumni Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM