SCGA Launch Event – Video Interviews

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A series of interviews recorded at our launch event

Below are five short videos recorded at our launch event at Edinburgh Castle on the 27th April 2022 – a similar one by Sally Mapstone FRSE, Principal, St Andrews University, can be seen in this earlier post.

There is quite a lot of background noise in some of the videos, so apologies for any poorly-transcribed sub-titles!

Philips P. O’Brien

Phillips P. O’Brien, Chair in Strategic Studies, University of St Andrews, talks about our raison d’être and our ambitions for the future.

Frances Guy

Frances Guy was Ambassador to Yemen (2001-2004) and Lebanon (2006-2011), representative of UN Women in Iraq (2012-2014), adviser on the Middle East to the Foreign Secretary (2011-2012), and is currently head of Middle East region at Christian Aid.

In this video she discusses aspects of Global Citizenry and takes the role and place of local communities in the context of COP26 as an example of community engagement and learning.

Malcolm Chalmers

Malcolm Chalmers is Deputy Director General at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

Chalmers has been an Adviser to Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy since 2012, and was Senior Special Adviser to Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw MP and Margaret Beckett MP.

In this clip he responds to how non-partisan bodies such as SCGA can resist external pressures, especially with reference to funding.

Sofia Cogliano

Sofia is External Engagement Officer: Chief Executive’s Office on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wilton Park

In this clip she talks to how the Scottish Council on Global Affairs might bring rigorous academic research to the attention of policy-makers.

Jakub Romaniuk

Jakub is Programme Director at the Economic Forum, the ‘largest meeting platform in Central and Eastern Europe’; the Institute for Eastern Studies has joined the Saltire Network, created by the Scottish Council on Global Affairs.

In this clip he offers observations on how think-tanks can come to the fore with special reference to Poland and the war in Ukraine.