Podcasts and Webinars

Podcasts and Webinars

See below for audio and video seminars, lectures and discussions in the ‘St Antony’s Looks at the World’ series.


Members of St Antony's talk about their research on varied and significant subjects such as the challenge of COVID-19, the end of the cold war, the importance of digital news and fake news:


Episode 11 - In our eleventh podcast, DPhil candidate in Modern History at St Antony's, Richard Lesmoir-Gordon, interviews Martin Vander Weyer, columnist and business editor of The Spectator and Academic Visitor at the College, about his recent book The Good, the Bad and the Greedy: Why We’ve Lost Faith in Capitalism.

Vaccine diplomacy and the geopolitics of influence - a cross-centre webinar discussion on the issue of vaccine diplomacy as an instrument for geopolitical influence in a world dominated by the impact of the pandemic. 

Episode 10 - Professor Paul Betts (Professor of Modern European History) on Ruin and Renewal: Civilising Europe after World War II. Professor Betts discusses his latest book and why 'Civilisation' is such a contested and useful concept for the postwar period and today. We also discuss with him how he is adapting to lockdown and his message to alumni worldwide.

Episode 9 - Antonians on the Covid-19 Frontline special - a three part podcast with Antonians who have been helping in various ways with the Coronavirus pandemic; also featured in the 2020 Antonian newsletter:

  • Part I - Kanako Mabuchi (MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2001) tells us of her work with the United Nations and how they and the government responded in an exemplary way in Timor-Leste.
  • Part II - Shuranjeet Thakhar, founder of Taraki and MSc South Asian Studies, 2017, takes us through how his organisation has responded to the pandemic and how Antonians can build durable community groups.
  • Part III - Dr Anna O'Kelly studied Latin American Studies at St Antony's but is now a resident Doctor in Massachusetts. In this part of our Coronavirus Frontline series, Dr O'Kelly discusses life on the frontline of a pandemic and how the St Antony's Boat Club helped her through.

Episode 8 - Professor Jennifer Welsh (DPhil International Relations 1989) in conversation with Professor Rosemary Foot (Emeritus Fellow) discussing Professor Foot's new book: China, the UN, and Human Protection: Beliefs, Power, Image. The book is published by Oxford University Press and available to purchase here

Episode 7 - Dr Thierry Malleret (SAM 1991), co-founder and principal author of the Monthly Barometer, discusses his latest book: Covid-19, the Great Reset and how to navigate complexity and 'quantum politics.'

Episode 6 - Professor the Rt Hon Sir John Redwood (History, 1971) interviewed by Dr Zachary Karabell (Middle Eastern Studies, 1988), introduced by the Warden Professor Roger Goodman. You can sign up for Sir John's and Dr Karabell's mailing lists on their respective website, please click here and here

Episode 5 - Adam Pourahmadi (MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2015), who is a producer with CNN Digital, discusses breaking stories in the digital age, reporting on coronavirus and the challenges of working in the post-truth era. You can follow him on Twitter here

Episode 4 - Professor Archie Brown (Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's and  Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University) talks with Dr Julie Newton about his new book The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War. The book is published by Oxford University Press and is available to purchase here.

Episode 3 - Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis (Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations) discusses her recent work on the meaning of Coronavirus, international co-operation, myth and her book 'Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit'. You can follow her on Twitter here

Episode 2 - Professor Thomas Hale (Associate Professor in Public Policy (Blavatnik School of Government) discusses his pioneering work on the Oxford Covid-19 Government Response Tracker and the lessons we can learn for public policy and international co-operation more generally. You can follow him on Twitter here

Episode 1 - Professor Samukai Chigudu (Associate Professor of African Politics at the Oxford Department of International Development, QEH) discusses ‘The Political Life of an Epidemic: Cholera, Crisis and Citizenship in Zimbabwe and the lessons for today’. You can follow him on Twitter here

Webinars and webcasts

Fellows and alumni discuss global and regional issues:

Webcasts and Webinars

 Professor Alan Gamlen in discussion with Professor Tracy Beck Fenwick on Human migration, mobility and forced displacement after the Pandemic

Dimitar Bechev discusses his latest book 'Turkey under Erdogan' with Kerem Öktem 

Karan Thapar in discussion with Professor Faisal Devji on Democracy in India

Valpy Fitzgerald in discussion with Dr Rodrigo Cubero on Corporate Tax at a Global Level: Fiscal Coordination and Redistribution 

Towards climate sustainability: energy transition, global governance, and socioeconomic policy 

Academic Visitor, Manal Shehabi in discussion with three St Antony's alumni, Michael Manulak, Sohara Mehroze, and Waco Yokohama. 




Why are extractive communities so poor when they provide minerals central to the global economy? 

Professor Miles Larmer (Director of the African Studies Centre and Professor of African History at the University of Oxford, and Governing Body Fellow of St Antony’s College) in discussion with Dr Sacha Hepburn (DPhil History 2013) 




Education, Purpose and Human Flourishing in Uncertain Times

A three-year project between St Antony’s and the Department of Education, convened by Dr David Johnson and Dr Fiona Gatty. The seminars in this series are all available to watch online: