The State of the World: Contemporary Issues & Past Lessons
With experts from the BBC, Al Jazeera and the University of Oxford, delve into the pressing topics of modern politics during a special conference at Oxford University.
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Program No. 22536RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

In a world that is rapidly changing, a new era of global politics is dawning. Controversial elections, clandestine wars and increasing insurgency are becoming the norm as we enter a “post-truth” age. Gather with fellow Road Scholars at world famous Oxford University to meet with acclaimed experts and commentators to discuss how these changes have materialized, the effect this has on the future of peace and what lessons we can learn from the past. Intelligence experts, political commentators and Middle East authorities, among others, will be your guides into this fascinatingly relevant and vitally important conference event.
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On Your Feet
Walking and standing for up to three hours during field trips.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join Dr. Phillip Cunliffe, an expert in international conflict at the University of Kent, for a week-long immersion into the complexities of modern politics.
  • Attend lectures led by historians, published authors, intelligence specialists and experts from the BBC, Al Jazeera and the University of Oxford.
  • Delight in the ambiance of learning at Oxford College at St. Hugh’s and attend a gala dinner.
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Nigel West
Nigel West is a military historian specializing in intelligence and security issues. In 1989, he was voted The Experts' Expert by a panel of spy writers. He is the European Editor of the Washington D.C.-based International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and a lecturer at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Va. In 2003, he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers’ first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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