The Wycliffe Lecture Series – GLOBALISATION

March 9, 2020 1:57 pm

Wycliffe Parents’ Association and Wycliffe Scholars’ Society present The Wycliffe Lecture Series – GLOBALISATION

On Wednesday March 25th from 19:00, we will be hosting a series of lectures from prominent experts in their field on the topic of Globalisation.
Dr Neil Quilliam, Associate Fellow with Chatham House with be discussing ‘The struggle for the Middle East’.

John Duncan, OBE will be ‘Rethinking the Communication Revolution’

Lt Col Jeremy Mawdsley, MBE will be looking at ‘Conflict in the Great Lakes: Closer to home than we think?’


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Join us for an stimulating evening of lectures

Wycliffe’s Parents’ Association and Wycliffe Scholar’s Society present an evening of Globalisation lectures on Wednesday 25th March from 19:00.

19:00 Dr Neil Quilliam

The Struggle for the Middle East; birth of a new international order

During his presidency, Barack Obama pivoted US policy away from the Middle East towards Asia believing that China posed the greatest strategic threat to America’s long-term interests. However, by doing so, he seemingly left a vacuum in the Middle East, which Russia, as an opportunist power, rushed to fill, and China – with a fifty year long horizon – looks set to fully occupy in the coming decades. Nevertheless, the struggle for the Middle East – the energy hub of the world – is far from over and competition over resources between the US and China will likely intensify until the global economy enters a post-hydrocarbon age.

19:30   John Duncan, OBE

The Globalisation of Communication

What are the challenges of a globalised communications system? John Duncan asks if we have yet fully come to terms with the implications of the digital interconnected world we now inhabit. From politics to commerce, from education to global news we often struggle to apply the lessons of history and manage risk and opportunities effectively. How might we do better?

20:00 Lt Col Jeremy Mawdsley, MBE

Conflict in the Great Lakes of Central Africa; our role in its causes

Conflict in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa has been a near constant feature for over 60 years, however, why there is conflict remains opaque to many. In this talk, Lieutenant Colonel Mawdsley will describe the key drivers behind the violence that has constantly threatened to tear the region apart. Indeed, the cause of this conflict may reveal some uncomfortable truths which are closer to home than many will appreciate.

There will be a chance to pose questions to the panel from 20:30.

There are limited places available for this event. To reserve your free tickets please click on the link below or email for further information.


Dr Neil Quilliam is CEO of international analysts, Castlereagh Associates and an Associate Fellow with foreign policy think tank, Chatham House. An energy policy, geopolitics and foreign affairs specialist, with extensive knowledge and experience of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Neil headed the MENA ‘Future Dynamics in the Gulf’ project for Chatham House.

Neil was project director of the ‘Syria and Its Neighbours’ policy initiative and acting head of the MENA Programme. He has also served as senior MENA energy adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, senior MENA analyst at Control Risks, London, and senior programme officer at the United Nations University, Amman.

Neil has lived in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and UAE, and has travelled extensively around the MENA region, working on a variety of development, education and research projects. He has published a number of books and articles on international relations and the political economy of Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the GCC states.

John Duncan is a former senior British Diplomat and has served across the globe. His most recent overseas postings was HM Governor for the British Virgin Islands. John was British Ambassador at the United Nations for Multilateral Arms Control and Disarmament he led the global coalition (Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Japan, Kenya) to establish the new International Arms Trade Treaty and the British negotiating team for the Oslo Treaty banning Cluster Munitions.John was the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative to the 2011 London Conference on Cyberspace.

He has also served at NATO, including as UK International Affairs Advisor to the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe. John has been a keynote speaker at a number of international events and has lectured at Oxford, Keele and Southampton Universities, Kings College London and Carleton University Ottawa.
John was awarded the OBE in 1993, the NATO Kosovo Medal, and the US Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his work in the Kosovo conflict in 2001. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Falkland Islands Association and a member of the National Army Museum Council.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Mawdsley was awarded the MBE for his actions in preventing a regional war in the Congo in 2013. He spent the majority of his early career in field artillery, both in armoured (4th and 20th Armoured Brigades) and light forces (3 Commando Brigade). He has deployed operationally to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus and Afghanistan, and twice to both Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

His training as an artillery officer proved critical during his intervention in an extremely volatile period in the Congo in 2013 during the Battle for Goma. His actions and the risks he took to stop a regional war were recognised with the award of an MBE. He returned to the Congo for 9 months in 2018, again finding himself in the middle of a dangerous conflict for which his training, experience and decision making was in heavy demand.

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