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Victoria Schofield
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Booksigning at Hatchards, Piccadilly October 2020

Booksigning at Hatchards, Piccadilly October 2020.

Book review, The Good Girls, An Ordinary Killing by Sonia Faleiro The Spectator, 20 February 2021

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'From Oxford pals to political prisoner - my 30-year friendship with Benazir Bhutto,' The Telegraph, 28 October 2020

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VE Day Reflections , The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 11 May 2020.

On 8 May the United Kingdom celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day - Victory in Europe - in recognition of all those who had fought in the Second World War (1939-45). Having addressed the nation during the corona virus pandemic, her Majesty the Queen again broadcast a message to the people. Mindful of the continuing lockdown because of the pandemic, she recognised that 'today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead we remember from our homes and from our doorsteps.'...

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Covid-19: A view from London , The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 1 May 2020.

A month or two ago no one of this generation had any concept of how a worldwide epidemic or 'pandemic' would affect our lives. Now with the rapid spread of Covid-19 from country to country, its significance has become horribly familiar, illustrated by daily statistics of those who have 'sadly died' and a whole list of do's and don'ts constricting our activities.

For those of us living in the UK being in the grip of a pandemic has also spawned a range of previously unheard of activities: lockdown, social distancing, self-isolation. But it has also generated resilience, compassion, and a realisation that, despite the challenges we are individually and collectively facing, the situation could be worse....

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Jinnah Institute Opinion 'Dear World, how is the lockdown? Kashmir', 28 April 2020

A year ago I was in the Valley of Kashmir. Although much had changed since my last visit, with new houses under construction, some roads repaired, there was still the same feeling of gloom - of people living on the edge, unable to enjoy their lives and their magnificent surroundings to the full because they never knew when the next curfew was going to be imposed, when the next crackdown would come and whose family was going to suffer premature bereavement in an 'encounter' with Indian security forces. Even so there was still an expectation that, if only the two powerful neighbours, India and Pakistan, between whom the state remains de facto divided, could sit down at the negotiating table, as they had intermittently tried to do in past decades, some equitable resolution of the issue could be achieved (provided of course there was some consultation with a representative selection of Jammu and Kashmir's 12 plus million inhabitants.) But on 5th August 2019 - not long after I'd left the Valley - everything changed....

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Once the goal was to woo Kashmir. Now Modi is bent on taking it, The Sunday Times, 11 August 2019

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Dawn chorus and the Indian elections, The What and the Why, 3 June 2019

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India's Elections: 'Dismal' voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir, The Round Table, 17 May 2019

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A day in the life of India's elections - Rajasthan, The Round Table, 7 May 2019

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London Notes: Reflections: CHOGM 2018

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London Notes: Buckingham Palace, 19 April.

 

London Notes: Days two and three, 17-18 April.

 

London Notes: First day impressions of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, 16 April.

 

Believe, a song to inspire aspiration,The Round Table, 15 March 2019

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Asma Jahangir obituary, 13 February 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/13/asma-jahangir-obituary

 

‘The greatest stories never told’, 19 January 2018

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Book review: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan lost the Great South Asian War, by Myra MacDonald

 

The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, November 2017

https://www.commonwealthroundtable.co.uk/?s=defeat+is+an+orphan

 

Book review: Travels in a Dervish Cloak by Isambard Wilkinson, The Spectator, 29 September 2017

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Secrets of the Kashmir Valley by Farhana Qazi, Pharos, 2016, Foreword by Victoria Schofield

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''A portrait of the Life and Vision of Shabana Basij-Rasikh'

http://afghanwsf.co.uk/blog/a-portrait-of-the-life-and-vision-of-shabana-basij-rasikh/

 

'Kashmiris need to believe azadi will come', The Kashmirwalla, Dec. 2015

http://thekashmirwalla.com/2015/12/kashmir-needs-to-believe-azadi-will-come/

 

Geography and History conspire to make peace in Kashmir a challenge. Kashmir Observer, Dec 2015

 

The legendary Dervla Murphy, Trans Asia News, 13 August 2015.

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The intractable issue of the plebiscite,  The Kashmir Walla, 18 May 2015.

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Kashmir: 1846. 1947. 1989,  The Kashmir Walla, 18 April 2015.

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'Pakistan would have  been different if Bhutto was allowed to continue' says Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,  Trans Asia News

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Benazir Bhutto: A Multidimensional Portrait by Anna Suvorova, Oxford University Press, Karachi, Foreword by Victoria Schofield:

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Why Kashmir is Still Important, Asian Affairs, Journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, March 2015.

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Benazir Bhutto, OK Pakistan, March 2014.

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Love in China, Traveller, No. 3, 2013

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