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Victoria Schofield
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2017

  • Kashmir after 70 Years, Royal Geographical Society, South Region, University of Southampton, 10 October.
  • Writing a Regimental History, Officers' and Sergeants' Mess, 3 SCOTS, Fort George, Inverness, 13 September.
  • Writing The Black Watch, TheFriends of The Black Watch, Balhousie Castle, Perth, 12 September.
  • 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

2008

  • Asia House: Challenges facing Pakistan, 25 November
  • Kashmir Centre, EU, Global Discourse on Kashmir, Islamabad, 10-12 June 
  • Tribute to Benazir Bhutto, Lady Margaret Hall Oxford, 15 May  
  • Pakistan and the region, Contact Group, House of Commons, Committee room, 12 May
  • Briefing on Kashmir, Norwegian Parliament, Committee room, Oslo, 8th May 2008
  • Pakistan post-Benazir Bhutto, Mary Institute Country Day School, St Louis, Missouri,USA. 1 May 
  • Pakistan Society, 9 April 2008: Tribute to Benazir Bhutto.
  • Kashmir Centre, EU, 4th Global Discourse on Kashmir, European Parliament, 1-3 April
  • Pakistan, Wilton Park Conference Centre, 4-5 April
  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity:  'Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West': a   seminar on Benazir   Bhutto's posthumous book - 26 March
  • 'Relevance of Self-Determination, 7th session, Human Rights Council, Palais des nations, Geneva, 18 March
  • 'Democracy and Authoritarianism: the legacy of Benazir Bhutto', History Society, Keble College, Oxford, 27 February
  • Start the Week with Andrew Marr, on Benazir Bhutto's posthumous book, Reconciliation; Islam, Democracy and the West, www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/start the week, 11 February
  • 'Pakistan On the Brink', Frontline Club, 31 January 2008, panel chaired by Mishal Husain together with Owen Bennett-Jones, Aamir Ghauri and M. Ziauddin - Benazir Bhutto Memorial Debate, Oxford Union Society, 17 January
  • 'Benazir Bhutto: a memorial', The Campaign Against Martial Law, School of Oriental and African studies, together with Wajid Shamsul Hasan, M. Ziauddin, 15 January  
  • all Party Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity, House of Commons, Committee room: Tribute to Benazir Bhutto, 9 January

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