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Victoria Schofield
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2018

  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive Committee Meeting, Dinner Lecture, 7 November.
  • ‘Kashmir Conflict and the Prospects of Conflict Resolution’, Center for International Peace and Stability, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, 8 October
  • ‘A Life of Writing’, Roddy Scott Memorial Lecture, Repton School, 7 September
  • ‘Writing The Black Watch’, in conversation with Trevor Royle, Edinburgh Book Festival, 16 August.
  • ‘Reconsidering the Raj’, moderator for panel discussion with Professor Joya Chatterji, Dr Farzana Shaikh and Professor Ian Talbot, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 10 April.
  • Kashmir panel discussion with  Raja Sikander Khan and Pradyumna Jairam, Kashmir Solidarity Movement, King’s College, London, 29 March.
  • ‘Does the valley have any hope?’ Pakistan Students Association at SOAS, University of London, 14 March.
  • ‘The Kashmir Issue’, King’s College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 8 March.
  • Wavell: Soldier and Statesman, in conversation with Fakir Aijazuddin for the launch of the South Asian edition, Lahore Literature Festival, 24 February.
  • Wavell: Soldier and Statesman, briefing,Information Technology University (ITU), Lahore, 22 February.
  • Kashmir Analysis, panel discussion, Conciliation Resources, London, 16 February.
  • ‘The Tangle of Issues hindering a solution of the Jammu & Kashmir issue’,paper presented at the Three-day Conference on ‘Kashmir: past, present and future’, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, 27 February.
  • Travels in a Dervish Cloak, in conversation with the author, Isambard Wilkinson, Karachi Literature Festival, 12 February.
  • Wavell: Soldier and Statesman, panel discussion with Fakir Aijazuddin and Isambard Wilkinson, moderated by  for the launch of the South Asian edition, Karachi Literature Festival,  11 February.

 

2017

  • 'Making Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts Around the Globe Possible including Kashmir', ICHR/SACFPHR, roundtable discussion, Westminster Hall, London, 7 December
  • Kashmir at 70, keynote speaker,  Consulate General of Pakistan's residence, Los Angeles, 16 November
  • 'Kashmir Through My Lens', panel discussion, India/Pakistan Societies, King's College, London, 28 October
  • 'Pakistan at 70', panel discussion with Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Christina Lamb, chaired by Owen Bennett-Jones, Lahore Literary Festival London, British Library, 28 October
  • Indo-Pak Cooperation: The keystone to peace in South Asia, panel discussion, India/Pakistan Societies, Worcester College, Oxford, 27 October
  • 'In search of a peaceful and just solution to the Kashmir issue', panel discussion, JKLF, Westminster Hall, London, 21 October
  • Kashmir after 70 Years, Royal Geographical Society, South Region, University of Southampton, 10 October.
  • Modern Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia course, 25 September 
  • International Media Conference, ICHR/SACFPHR, Baden Powell Hpuse, London, 21 September
  • Writing a Regimental History, Officers' and Sergeants' Mess, 3 SCOTS, Fort George, Inverness, 13 September.
  • Writing The Black Watch, The Friends of The Black Watch, Balhousie Castle, Perth, 12 September.
  • Disaster: the Common Enemy,  film screening  and panel discussion with filmmakers, Muhammad Arif Urfi, Pawan Bali, Mohammed Irfan Dar, Dr Mohsin Shakil,  Conciliation Resources' South Asia Programme, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Journalists Association, Frontline Club, London, 30 August.
  • The Black Watch, Fighting in the Front Line 1899-2006, launch event, Daunt Books, Holland Park Avenue, London, 13 July.
  • With the Black Watch, launch event in conversation with Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin, Topping & Company Booksellers, St Andrews, 11 July
  • Right to Self-determination, World Muslim Congress, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 9 June.
  • 'Against all odds, the price of prosperity in Pakistan today', panel with Shuja Nawaz, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Ishrat Husain, moderated by Mukulika Banerjee, Karachi Literature Festival-London 2017, Southbank Centre, London, 20 May.
  • No peace in Kashmir, IT University of the Punjab, Lahore, 19 April.
  • Recollections of April 1979, Benazir Literary Festival, Lahore, 17 April.
  • The Commonwealth & Challenges to Media Freedom, Panel: Journalists, Bloggers & Social Media in Conflict Zones - Kashmir: perpetual 'unpeace', chaired by Dr William Crawley, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 5 April.
  • Working in Afghanistan & South Asia, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 17 March.
  • The Kashmir Issue, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 15 March.
  • Business & Economy in Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 15 March.
  • Radicalisation among women and children, panel discussion with Yalda Hakim, Tamina Mir, Nikita Malik, Edna Fernandes, chaired by Hazel Blears, Pan-Asian Women's Association (PAWA), 8 March.
  • Victoria and Abdul, in conversation with Shrabani Basu, Karachi Literature Festival, 12 February.

2016

  • Pakistan, India, and Kashmir Nexus in context of world politics and impact on people's rights in Kashmir, The Justice Foundation/ World Kashmir Freedom Movement, London, 10 December.
  • Kashmir: history of the state, Kashmir Solidarity Movement Society, King's College, London, 8 December.
  • 70 years of the Kashmir issue: Is there a way forward? World Affairs Council Inland SoCal & UCR Global Issues Forum, University of California, Riverside, 21 November.
  • Kashmir: what is to be done? in conversation with Chris Snedden, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, 15 November.
  • Wheeler-Bennett: writing Military History, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of New South  Wales/ Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, 2 November
  • Kashmir and challenges to regional stability, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia, Perth, 27 October.
  • My Journey with Benazir Bhutto and the Kashmir Challenge, Oxford & Cambridge Society, Singapore, 24 October.
  • Kashmir, its current relevance, Westminster Strategic Studies Group, 20 May.
  • India-Pakistan Dialogue: Lessons from History, Hope for the Future?  Round Table Discussion Conciliation Resources South Asia Programme, London, 14 March.
  • The Kashmir Issue, discussion with Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Cambridge University Kashmir Society, 12 March.
  • The future of South Asia, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 11 March.
  • Working in South Asia, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 11 March.
  • King  of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Haile Selassie of Ethiopia,  in conversation with Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Waterstones, Piccadilly, London, 10 March.
  • Economies, trade and aid, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 10 March.
  • International Women's Day (Role of Women in Politics in Asia), All Party Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity , 8 March.
  • Modern Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course,  7 March.
  • Chevening South Asian Journalists, round table discussion with David Loyn, Kerry Brown and Rahul Roy-Chaudhury on Regional Strategic Challenges, University of Westminster, 16 February.
  • Seminar on Kashmir, All Party Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity, Portcullis House, House of Commons, 9 February.
  • Modern Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 8 February.

2015

  • Kashmir Peace Conference, International Educational Development, New York, 7 December.
  • Kashmir and Afghan Frontiers, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, University of California,  Santa Barbara, 1 December.
  • The Future of South Asia, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 13  November.
  • Working in South Asia,King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course,13  November.
  • Economies, trade and aid, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 12 November.
  • Modern Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 9 November.
  • Pakistan Security Conference 2015:  Pakistan's Security Perspective in a Regional Context, RUSI, London, 1 October.
  • King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, In conversation with Prince Asfa-Wossen AsserateBlenheim  Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music, 25 September.
  • Working in South Asia & Afghanistan, London/South Asia Course, 11 September
  • Economies, Trade and International Aid, Afghanistan, London/South Asia Course, 10 September.
  • The 'City' in India, Pakistan & Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 9 September.
  • Modern Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 7 September.
  • Power Failure, The Political Odyssey of a Pakistani Woman, in conversation with Syeda Abida Hussain, Asia House, London, 7 July.
  • Modern Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 29  June.
  • Writing the life of Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, Malvern College, 15 June.
  • Kashmir, panel with Muzzamil Thakur, Safoora Teli and Open Societies Foundation, London, 19 May
  • What is the Kashmir issue, In conversation with Andrew Whitehead, Dilip Hiro and Fahad Shah, Bradford Literature Festival, 17 May.
  • Afghan briefing,'Afghanistan: ethnic divisions and the challenges for a lasting peace,' GCHQ, 27 April.
  • Women's Resistance in Kashmir: a historical and contextual narrative, SOAS, 23 March.
  • Demographic change in Jammu Kashmir: Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR), United Nations Building, Geneva, 12 March.
  • Political Islam in India (Kashmir), FCO South Asia Programme, 9 March.
  • Working in South Asia/Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 6 March.
  • Mega-cities, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 4 March.
  • Afghanistan since Daoud, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 2 March.
  • Afghanistan since Daoud, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 11 February.
  • Benazir Bhutto - A Multidimensional Portrait, in conversation  with Anna Suvorova, Hussain Haroon, Syeda Abida Hussain and Zafar Hilaly, Karachi Literature Festival, 8 February.
  • In  a Time of Tragedy: A Season for Martyrs, in conversation with Bina Shah, Karachi Literature Festival, 7 February.
  • The Black Watch, Then and Now,  Fort George, Inverness, 20 January.

2014

  • Kashmir: the Forgotten Paradise, Seminar, on behalf of All Party Parliamentary Group on International Relations, House of Commons, 15 December.
  • Writing Biography, Haldane Society, Leicester,  28 November.
  • Afgantsy, in conversation with Sir Rodric Braithwaite, in aid of the Roddy Scott Foundation, Yorkshire, 31 October.
  • Why Kashmir is important, Royal Society for Asian Affairs, 24 September.
  • Why Kashmir is Important, The Pakistan Society,  London, 17 September.
  • Working in South Asia/Afghanistan, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 12 September.
  • Afghanistan since Daoud, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 8 September.
  • Kashmir: Time for Justice and Peace,  Islamic Society of North America, 51st Annual Convention, Detroit, 30 August.
  • Afghanistan since Daoud, King's College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 16 June.
  • Kashmiris: Contested Present, Possible Futures, Speaker, Warwick University/University of Westminster, 2 June.
  • Kashmir: Blind spot on the World Conscience? Muslim Institute, Islamabad, 24 March.
  • Working in South Asia/Afghanistan, King’s College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 21 March.
  • Afghanistan since Daoud, King’s College, London/FCO South Asia Course, 17 March.
  • The Great War through Portraits, Chair with Christopher Clark (The Sleepwalkers) and Allan Mallinson (1914- Fight the Good Fight), National Portrait Gallery, 13 March.
  • Blind Faith, chair, panel discussion, Conciliation Resources, London,  6 March.
  • Contested and Possible Sovereignities: The 'State" of Kashmir, Workshop, University of Warwick, 5 March.
  • Why Kashmir is important, Sind Club, Karachi, 13 February.
  • Afghanistan 2014: Consequences for Pakistan, Panel discussion with Najmuddin Shaikh, A.G. Noorani, Mehdi Masud, Riaz Mohammad Khan, 5th Karachi Literature Festival, 8 February.
  • Kashmir Dispute, Chair, with A.G. Noorani, Basharat Peer, Iqbal Akhund, Riaz Khokhar and Cabeiri deBergh Robinson, 5th Karachi Literature Festival,  7  February.
  • Afghanistan since Daoud, King’s College, London/FCO South Asia Course,  3 February.
  • The role of the media in the Kashmir Conflict, National Defence University of Pakistan,  Islamabad, 25 January.

2013

  • Kashmir and its Regional Context, Pakistan Research Security Unit, University of Durham, 5 December.
  • Why Kashmir remains important for regional stability in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Merton Lawyers Association, London, 20 November.
  • Kashmir: The Endless Dispute and Global Implications, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, 18 November.
  • Why Kashmir is Important: Channel City Club and Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations, 13 November.
  • Thirty Years, Thirty Stories, A personal recollection of Afghanistan, Afghanaid 30 Years in Afghanistan, 7 November.
  • Working in South Asia and Afghanistan, King’s College, London /FCO, South Asia, 13 September.
  • Media, Civil Society, and Women in South Asia and Afghanistan/Panel discussion,  King’s College, London /FCO South Asia Course, 12 September
  • Elections in South Asia and Afghanistan with Professor Jaffrelot, King’s College, London /FCO South Asia Course on Afghanistan/South Asia, 10 September.
  • An Introduction to Afghanistan since Daoud, King’s College, London /FCO South Asia Course on Afghanistan/ South Asia, 9 September.
  • Writing Biography, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford Summer Gaudy, 23 June.
  • Writing Daughter of the East: in conversation with Linda Bird Francke, 1st Lahore Literary Festival, 24 February.
  • Political Dynasties, 4th Karachi Literature Festival, 17 February.
  • The Kashmir issue, 4th Karachi Literature Festival, 17 February.

2012

  • Esprit de Corps - Why it matters, with Major General James Cowan,  Defence Security Forum, London, 11 November.
  • 'Writing The Black Watch', Bell Library, Perth, 22 September.
  • Pakistan's 'tribal territory' - in conversation with former Pakistani diplomat, Dr Humayun Khan, in aid of the Roddy Scott Foundation, Summerbridge, Yorkshire, 6 July.
  • Laying up the Colours and book launch, The Highland Furies, The Black Watch 1739-1899, Balhousie Castle, Perth, Scotland, 23 June.
  • Sovereignity and territory: domestic politics and regional tensions in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, Chatham House, 8 May.
  • Whither Pakistan?  Centre for Muslim States and Societies,  speaker (with Moneeza Hashmi), University of Western Australia, Perth, Scotland, 5 May.
  • Faiz Ahmed Faiz: Progressive Thinkers in Pakistan, panellist, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia, 3 May.
  • Kashmir: the Way Forward, University of Western Australia, Perth, 1 May.
  • Karachi Literature Festival, Karachi, Pakistan 11-12 February.
  • Afghanistan: Looking to the Future, panellist, South Asia Middle East Forum, London, 26 January.

2011

  • Kashmir: South Asia's Palestine? chair, Frontline Club, 22 November. 
  • 'Understanding Afghanistan,' speaker, Marlborough College, 19-20 November. 
  • The Black Watch Annual London dinner, after dinner speaker, 17 November.
  • South Asia briefing, University of Western Australia, Perth, 3 November. 
  • CHOGM 2011, Perth, Western Australia, representing The Round Table, 28-30 October.
  • 'Afghan Solution' by Lucy Morgan-Edwards, chair, book launch, Asia House, 28 June.
  • 'Frogs in the Well: 30 Years on the North-West Frontier of Pakistan' by Leslie Mallam: speaker, book launch, 15 June.
  • Kashmir Centre, EU, Brussels: 5th Global Discourse, 3-4 May.
  • India-Pakistan Relations: resolving the deadlock over Kashmir, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 5 February.
  • Asian Powers in Kashmir: RUSI, 25 January.

2010

  • Drones and the AfPak region, South Asia and Middle East Forum,  House of Commons, Grand Committee Room, 28 October.
  • 'Power of the Pen: A Resolution for Kashmir, DSC South Asian Literature Festival, London, 15 October. 
  • Afghanistan: Early History, Study Week, 3 Commando Brigade, Plymouth, 4 October.
  • 'Bhutto' Documentary, Curzon Soho, Discussion, 29 September.
  • Afghanistan : Early History, Afghan COIN Centre, Warminster, 6 September.
  • Afghanistan : Early History, Study Week, HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), Innsworth, Glos, 6 September.
  • 11th International Peace Conference: Kashmir, Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, Kashmir American Council and Kashmir Center, Washington, DC. 29-30 July
  • Water Security in South Asia, RUSI, London, 15 July.
  • Kashmir and the European Union, Brussels, 7 July.
  • Kashmir: in conversation with David Lloyn together with Justine Hardy, National Portrait Gallery, 10 June.
  • Conflict in Kashmir: in conversation with Kamila Shamsie together with Justine Hardy and Basharat Peer, Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, 25 May.
  • Afghanistan: in conversation with David Lloyn, Frontline Club, 10 May.
  • 'Vote Afghanistan', CinePolitics, Panel discussion, 5 May.
  • NATO Narrative Building Conference, 19-23 April.
  • Karachi Literature Festival, Karachi, Pakistan, 19-20 March.
  • 'Overcoming Barriers to Realizing Self-determination.' Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 18 March.
  • Kashmir Options, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 28 February.
  • Are we right to talk about AfPak? University of Southern California (USC), Dept of International Relations, 23 February. see http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/index.php/events/events_detail/10364/
  • 7 Armoured Brigade, Celle, Germany, Introduction to the History of the AfPak region, 10 February

2009

  • Magdalen College School, 'Kashmir', 27 November
  • 'History of Afghanistan,' UK Helmand Study Group, Catterick, Yorkshire, 12 October.
  • Writing Biography, Sir Alistair Horne 40th anniversary celebration, St Antony's College, Oxford, 28 September.
  • 10th International Peace Conference: Kashmir, Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, Kashmir American Council and Kashmir Center, Washington, DC.23-24 July
  • Pakistan: South Asia Middle East Forum, House of Commons, Committee Room, 11 June
  • 1st Inaugural lecture on Afghanistan: 'Past wars and the Durand Line', Army Education Centre, Tidworth, 11 May
  • 'Relevance of Self-Determination, 7th session, Human Rights Council, Palais des nations, Geneva, 18 March
  • Obama and the Muslim World: iXXi/L:SE briefing, LSE, 10 March
  • Kashmir Centre, EU, Brussels: Kashmir after the elections: what next? 26 February
  • Royal Society for Asian Affairs: Can Democracy work in Pakistan? 19 January

 

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