Monthly Archives: November 2016

WOAE017 Water security Kenya, Johanna Koehler, Oxford

Johanna Koehler is a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University specialising in decentralisation and water security in Kenya. Johanna recently returned from Kenya and she shares what it’s like on the ground in local communities as well as at governance and policy levels. We also discuss Johanna’s earlier field work in South Korea and the Korean demilitarised zone. Her research of the South and North Korea divide was inspired by her family’s experience being separated between East and West Germany.

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WOAE016 Classicist Dylan James, Oxford

Dylan James is a Clarendon Scholar of Ancient History in the Classics Faculty at Oxford University who specialises in Greek and Roman historiography. We discuss his intellectual development from being fascinated with ancient history and classics as a child to learning Latin and Greek languages as a young man so he could study classical texts for his honours, masters, and now doctoral research.  Dylan is somewhat of an all-rounder and we also chat about his other pursuits in music, sport, comedy, and politics.

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WOAE015 Trump’s win, Mitchell Robertson

Post-election analysis including a breakdown of voter demographics with Mitchell Robertson from Oxford University. Mitchell explains who voted for Donald Trump in terms of sex, age, race, education, and geography and where Hillary Clinton fell short. We also discuss the House and Senate results and the prospects for Trump pursuing his policies. Mitchell is a doctoral candidate associated with the Rothermere American Institute and he has a Master of Studies in United States History from Oxford University.

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Trump’s appeal and thoughts on his presidency

Since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election I’ve received several messages from friends asking how this could have happened. Here is a little of my conversation with Gabriel Delaney from before the election in which he gives a good overview of how support for Trump is a push back against political correctness and elite establishment politics in America and a reflection of white nationalism by a portion of the population.

 

To be clear, Gabriel is a Democrat and was supporting Hillary Clinton. This conversation was an election explainer and an overview of the political narratives of each of the candidate’s campaigns. You’ll find the full conversation here.

I’ve seen an outpouring of grief over the election result and fear of what’s to come. Maybe I’m overly optimistic but I’m expecting Trump to be more restrained in office than in campaign mode. The realities of the presidency and institutional checks and balances should reign him in. He’ll likely continue to have loose lips but I struggle to imagine him going through with some of his wild ideas. Here’s hoping.

WOAE014 A Republican perspective, Ben Daus-Haberle

Ben Daus-Haberle is co-president of Republicans Overseas UK in Oxford where he is studying International Relations. Ben hails from Massachusetts and his parents were Democrats. He worked for John Kerry and campaigned for Obama in 2008 before having an intellectual and ideological conversion to Republicanism whilst studying at Yale University. On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Ben shares what being Republican means to him as well as his thoughts on Trump and the future of the Republican Party.

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WOAE013 US presidential election, Gabriel A. Delaney

US presidential election guide with Gabriel Delaney who was a field organiser for the Obama campaign in 2012. Gabriel is from New York and he is currently studying politics at Oxford University with a research interest in political narratives. We discuss the narratives of the Clinton and Trump campaigns and Gabriel explains the electoral map and what is needed by each candidate to win. He also shares insights about strategies in the final days before the election from his experiences of campaigning in Pennsylvania and his involvement with Democrats Abroad UK.

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WOAE012 Paris climate agreement, Myles Allen, Oxford

Oxford climate scientist Professor Myles Allen explains the Paris agreement on the day it comes into force and ahead of COP22. Professor Allen leads the Climate Research Programme at the Environmental Change Institute in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford where he also heads the Climate Dynamics Group in the Department of Physics.

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