• Dr Michael Clarke, Australian National University, on Beijing's Eurasian Moment: A Rising China and its Continental Frontiers into the 21st Century
  • Reshma Patil, Author and Journalist, British Chevening Fellow, University of Westminster, on her book India and China: Strangers across the Border 

Chair: Dr Dibyesh Anand, Head of Department, Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster. 

Dr Michael Clarke is an internationally recognised expert on the history and politics of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China (PRC), Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia, Central Asian geopolitics, and nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation. He has generated thirty-seven peer reviewed publications across these fields of research since 2005 including one sole authored book, one co-authored book, five edited books, ten book chapters and twenty journal articles.

He also regularly provides expert media commentary on Uyghur/Xinjiang and Chinese foreign policy-related issues to national and international media, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, Voice of America, BBC News, the New York Times, the Guardian and Reuters, among others. For the past two years he has also provided advice and testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese policy in Xinjiang and China's foreign policy in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Reshma Patil has worked as a journalist since 1999 and reported from Asia’s two largest nations. In 2008, Patil moved from Mumbai to Beijing to launch and head the first China bureau of Hindustan Times. From 2008-11, she reported on China’s politics, economy, and the Sino-Indian relationship, from Beijing to the Myanmar border and South China Sea coast. Her book, Strangers across the Border: Indian Encounters in Boomtown China (HarperCollins), was shortlisted for the First Book (Non-Fiction) Prize at the Tata Literary Festival 2014. The Economist called it a ‘sharp and well-crafted memoir … revealing for its detail and anecdote…’’  

Patil has extensively covered current affairs in India as former Special Correspondent with The Indian Express (1999-2006) and former Associate Editor of Hindustan Times (2006-12), two of India’s leading newspapers. She now writes independently from Mumbai on Sino-Indian relations for online publications such as The Economic Times and Live Mint. She delivered book talks last year at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and at Microsoft in Redmond, US. She is currently in London on the Chevening South Asian Journalism programme. 

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