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SASNET Podcast

Listen to interviews with SASNET researchers and guests and recordings from our events.

Episode 10 - COVID-19: What's the situation in India?

Andreas Johansson spoke to Dr. Shantanu Sharma, researcher in internal medicine - epidemiology at Lund University, about latest developments in India with regards to the pandemic, testing strategies and government measures to help people in the cities and rural areas


Episode 09 - COVID-19: Updates from Bangladesh

For this episode, Hanna Geschewski spoke to Nirjhar Mazumder of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) about the spread of coronavirus in Bangladesh, measures taken by the government, the situation in the garment factories and what the pandemic means for the more than 1 million Rohingya refugees currently living in Bangladesh.

*Note: While no positive cases of coronavirus from the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's bazaar had been reported at the time of the interview, the number has since risen to two.


Episode 08 - Nepal and COVID-19: Never Ending Peace and Lockdown?

For this episode, Hanna Geschewski spoke to economist Dr Achyut Wagle and labour migration expert Dr Jeevan Baniya on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken by the government to slow its spread on the Nepali economy, the labour market and on the millions of Nepali migrant workers currently in limbo.


Episode 07 - The Sweden-South Asia Media Project

SASNET affiliate researchers Andreas Mattsson and Vibodh Parthasarathi joined Andreas Johansson to speak about the Sweden-South Asia Media Project initiated by them and the challenges and potential of the media in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic.


Episode 06 - COVID-19: Where does Nepal stand?

Hanna Geschewski talked to Dr. Sameer Mani Dixit, Director of Research at the Centre for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN), about the current spread of the coronavirus in Nepal, the state of the health system and why far fewer cases are reported in Nepal than in other South Asian countries.


Episode 05 - India and COVID-19: Fighting fake new on social media

Hanna Geschewski spoke with Dr. Parama Sinha Palit, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, about the distribution of fake news in social media in India during the coronavirus pandemic.


Episode 04 - How will COVID-19 impact the Indian economy?

Andreas Johansson spoke with Neelambar Hatti, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economic History at Lund University, about possible short and long-term effects of the corona pandemic on the Indian economy.


Episode 03 - The role of Al Qaeda in Afghan peace

For the third episode of our podcast,  Andreas Johansson interviewed the scholar Orwa Ajjoub, who joined SASNET in January 2020, on the role of Al-Qaeda in the Afghan peace talks.


Episode 02 - Can India withstand a pandemic?

In light of the ongoing spread of the Corona virus, SASNET Director Andreas Johansson talked with Dr. Shantanu Sharma, researcher in internal Medicine - Epidemiology at Lund University, about the characteristics of a pandemic, the current COVID-19 situation in India and what it means to "flatten the curve".


Guest Episode - Integration or Return? A Panel on Afghan Migration and Return

Our second episode is a collaboration with the Assoication of Foreign Affairs (UPF) Lund, based on a panel on Afghan migration held in October 2019 in Lund. Featured experts are Dr. Chona Echavez, Alex Guzman, Alice Hertzberg, Reza Hussaini, Dr. Anna Lindberg, Hadi Marifat, Dr. Ceri Oeppen and Dr. Liza Schuster. The episode was produced by Alex Guzman.

Listen to the full episode here.


Episode 01 - Interview with Sarah Singh

For the first SASNET podcast episode, Hanna Geschewski sat down with award-winning artist and filmmaker Sarah Singh to talk about her visit to Sweden, current and upcoming projects and her connection to India.