The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Lecture Series in Global Risk


This series of lectures explores key regional issues shaping global politics outside of Western Europe and North America. It draws on the expertise of specialists from the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA).

OSGA has one of the largest communities of Area Studies scholars anywhere in the world. The lectures will touch on the global impact of important developments in Brazil, China, India, Iran and Russia, as well as across sub-Saharan Africa.

Register for the whole series or individual lectures

For this lecture series, you can register for the entire series by clicking 'Book Now' on this page or you can register for individual lectures

Please note: enrolments for the complete series will close at 23:59 UTC on 30 January 2024. Enrolments for each individual lecture will close a couple of days before each lecture.

Programme details

Lecture programme

Lectures take place on Fridays, from 2-3.15pm UTC (GMT).

Friday 2 February 2024
What Does Liberal Order Mean to India?
Kate Sullivan de Estrada

Friday 9 February 2024
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Under Sanctions: Outcomes and Implications
Maryam Alemzadeh

Friday 16 February 2024
Brazil as an Emerging Power: The Domestic Politics of Global Projection
Timothy Power

Friday 23 February 2024
Key Global Risks for Sub-Saharan Africa - 2024
Miles Tendi

Friday 1 March 2024
EU-China Relations in the Era of ‘De-Risking’
Lucie Qian Xia

Friday 8 March 2024
Russian Politics and the Ukraine War
Paul Chaisty

How and when to watch

Each lecture will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, followed by questions.

For those attending in person at Rewley House, registration takes place from 1.45pm before each lecture. Tea and coffee are provided in the Common Room after each lecture, from 3.15pm.

For those joining us online, please join in good time before each lecture to ensure that you have no connection problems. We recommend joining 10-15 minutes before the start time. 


Description Costs
Course Fee - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £155.00
Course Fee - virtual attendance £140.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Prof Kate Sullivan de Estrada


Kate Sullivan de Estrada is Associate Professor in the International Relations of South Asia at the University of Oxford, a Governing Body Fellow of St Antony’s College, and an Associate Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Her research focuses on India's role and identity as a rising power, nuclear politics in South Asia, India's strategy in the Indo-Pacific, and Indian Ocean security. From March to December 2021 she served as Principal Research Analyst for India at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. She has delivered expert testimony on the UK-India relationship to two UK parliamentary inquiries, worked with the Indian Ocean Commission as an Oxford Policy Exchange Network Fellow, and continues to engage across Whitehall (and beyond) on the UK's policy towards India. 

Dr Maryam Alemzadeh


Maryam Alemzadeh is Associate Professor in History and Politics of Iran at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) and a Middle East Centre Fellow. She holds a Ph.D in sociology from the University of Chicago (2018). Maryam’s research interests include revolutions, state building, militias and militaries, and modern Iran, and how to study these phenomena by looking at individual people and actions that create them bit by bit. Currently she is writing a book tentatively titled Practicing Revolution: The Making of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The book is based on first-hand research on the Revolutionary Guards’ first generation of commanders, volunteers, supporters, and critics, as they struggled to find order in chaos on a day-to-day basis.

Prof Timothy Power


Timothy J. Power is currently serving as Head of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of Latin American Politics and a Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 2018-2021, Power was Head of School at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA). An Associate Fellow of Chatham House from 2007 to 2017, he is also a former president of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)  Power is a specialist on comparative politics and government, having written extensively on presidentialism and institutional design. He has focused specifically on elections, the party system and executive-legislative relations in Brazil, where he has been conducting research since the late 1980s. He has been a visiting professor at several leading Brazilian universities and conducts a regular survey of members of the Brazilian National Congress.

Dr Miles Tendi


Miles Tendi teaches the Politics of Africa in the University of Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and the African Studies Centre (ASC).  His research interests cover Southern African Politics (especially Botswana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Swaziland, Lesotho), with a focus on militarism, gender and politics, intellectuals and politics, and the existence and uses of ‘evil’ in politics. His publications include Fall of an African Dictator: Mugabe, a Gendered Coup and Military Power (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), The Army and Politics in Zimbabwe: Mujuru, the Liberation Fighter and Kingmaker (Cambridge University Press), Making History in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media (Peter Lang). Tendi previously worked for Control Risks (London).

Dr Lucie Qian Xia


Lucie Qian Xia is a Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of China at the University of Oxford. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and previously taught Chinese diplomacy and global governance at Sciences Po Paris and was the postdoctoral China Policy Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to academia, Lucie worked at the Delegation of the European Union to China in Beijing and the UN Representation Office to the EU in Brussels.

Prof Paul Chaisty

Speaker and Course Director

Paul Chaisty is Professor of Russian and East European Politics at the University of Oxford and Head of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. His research interests cover legislative, party and interest group politics in post-communist Russia; political attitudes in Russia; nationalism in Russia and Ukraine; and comparative presidentialism. His publications include Legislative Politics and Economic Power in Russia (Palgrave, 2006); (with Nic Cheeseman and Tim Power) Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective: Minority Executives in Multiparty Systems (Oxford University Press, 2018), and forthcoming (with Stephen Whitefield) Consolidation and Contestation: How Russians Understand the New Russia.


Please use the 'Book now' button on this page to register for the entire series. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

You can also register for individual lectures if you do not wish to enrol on the whole series.


IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this lecture series. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.