Anthony Hyman with three others

Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture

The Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture brings together scholars, opinion formers and policy makers with an interest in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia to reflect on issues of topical and regional interest. The lecture has been an annual event at SOAS since 2003 with a reception sponsored by the journal, Central Asian Survey.

About Anthony Hyman

Anthony Hyman was an expert on Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Central Asia, and a commentator for the BBC World Service for more than twenty years. Anthony was also a linguist, historian, bibliophile, art lover and traveller, and associate editor of the journal Central Asian Survey. You can read his full bio on the SOAS’s Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture page

After his death in December 1999, at the request of his friends, SOAS agreed to set up an annual lecture in his memory to encourage discussion and debate about Afghanistan and its neighbours, and this has since become an important event in the School’s annual calendar.

About the Lecture Series 

Previous speakers have included M. Masoom Stanekzai (former Minister of Communication, Government of Afghanistan), Nancy Hatch Dupree and Jonathan Steele (Author/ International affairs columnist).

The AHML 2024 lecture, ‘The Taliban back in power: Taking stock of the Islamic Emirate‘ took place on 14th March 2024. The speaker Kate Clark worked as a Senior Analyst for the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), an independent non-profit policy research organisation, since 2010, with stints as Country Director and (currently) Co-Director. 

Video recordings of the previous lecture series are permanently archived on the SOAS YouTube Channel and freely available to all:

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