SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Anti-Corruption / Self-Destruction of the Planet

Dr Dan Plesch (SOAS), Dr Pallavi Roy (SOAS)

Date: 22 May 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 22 May 2019Time: 9:30 PM

Venue: The Marquis Cornwallis, 31 Marchmont St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AP

Type of Event: Gathering

The self-destructive potential of industrial society is the essential problem of our time

Stopping the world blowing up and overheating is the coolest game in town, and you don't need red underpants. Hear about new research into strategies for global gun control, a green new deal for the world, and locking up war criminals. Dan leads the world's largest higher education centre for diplomatic training and has thirty years experience in global advocacy. His diplomatic skills were honed as 'head doorman' at the Glastonbury Festival back in the last century. His books include the Beauty Queen's Guide to World Peace, and Human Rights After Hitler.

Dr Dan Plesch is the author of Human Rights After Hitler which was reported on All Things Considered and in the Guardian, Independent, Chicago Tribune amongst others. His previous publications include: America Hitler and the UN, Wartime Origins and the future UN (with Prof.Weiss) and the Beauty Queen's Guide to World Peace. He leads research on the UN and on Disarmament.

Why don't the billions spent on anti-corruption work?

The aims of most anti-corruption policies are high, sometimes unfairly so for most developing countries, making demands that even developed countries are now finding difficulty in adhering to--impartial rule of law. What most developing countries have is selective rule by law. This session tries to unpack the structural reasons for this and what successful anti-corruption might look like. Pallavi is currently a research director and jointly in charge of the Anti-Corruption Evidence programme.

Pallavi Roy is a lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS. Her experience includes political economy research on South Asia (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh) using the political settlements approach as well as qualitative risk analysis, the latter while working for a London-based business and political risk consultancy. Previously she was a senior financial journalist based in India with ten years of experience covering policy, infrastructure and metallic commodities as well as some of the recent landmark political movements against land acquisition for mining and industry in eastern India. Her areas of expertise include the political economy of growth and liberalization in developing countries-especially South Asia and Nigeria, governance and corruption, financing and capability development, mining and metallic commodities markets, Institutional Economics, modern South Asian History.

Sonia Sezille brings over twenty years of project management expertise both in the domain of international business and international development. Prior to joining the ACE Research Consortium at SOAS, she managed two global complex research partnership consortiums (the Africa Power and Politics and the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium) primarily funded by UK aid at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) for ten years. During her humanitarian career, she held long-term postings implementing emergency and development projects in Liberia, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in Burundi and LAOS-PDR focusing on post-crisis livelihood recovery with the International NGO, Action Against Hunger (AAH). Based at SOAS in London, Sonia oversees all aspects of ACE project management and financial administration.

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