‘Rhino Wars’ talk


 Recipient:            Julian Rademeyer

Subject:               South Africa’s ‘rhino wars’

It is no overstatement to say that the publication in 2012 of the book ‘Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade’ was a transformational piece of investigative journalism.

The author, Julian Rademeyer, South African born and resident, risked his own life, after being threatened by traffickers in both South Africa and Laos, to uncover the murky world of the illegal rhino horn market that previously had been shrouded in rumour, myth, fact and fiction.

2014 is the third year that the Marjan-Marsh Award has been given to a person for making an outstanding contribution to conservation in areas of conflict; it is supported by the Marsh Christian Trust in conjunction with the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation within the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London.

In giving the Marjan-Marsh Award to Julian Rademeyer the elements of working in personal danger and insecure environments as well as overall impact, were especially noted.

The award will be given to Julian on November 4th when he will also give a talk about the ‘rhino wars’ which will include observations about the latest situation: the talk is open to the general public and represents a unique chance to hear not only about one of the most high-profile and emotional issues in conservation today but also from the perspective of a knowledgeable ‘insider’.

Introduction: ‘The political-security matrix of the rhino wars’ by Professor Michael Rainsborough, Deputy Head of the Department of War Studies and Academic Director of the Marjan Centre. Co-author of ‘The Rhinofication of South African Security’, International Affairs (Chatham House), July 2014: access:http://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/field/field_publication_docs/90_4_HumphreysSmith.pdf

Date: November 4, 2014, Tuesday

Venue: The War Studies Seminar Room, King’s College.

Location: 6th floor. Main Strand campus.

Time: 6pm; it is free and open to the public.

(Directions: very easy!)

  • Main Strand campus is along the Strand, near Covent Garden
  • Arrive in Main Reception and continue down passage-way till you see lifts on the left.
  • Go to 6th floor; after arrival turn left, and follow round to the Seminar Room on the left)

For further questions/directions, please contact Jasper Humphreys: jasper.humphreys@kcl.ac.uk; mobile: 07811345390


More information on Julian Rademeyer: please see: http://killingforprofit.com/author/

– The Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation:

This is a research group based in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. The Director of Academic Research is Professor Michael Rainsborough, Professor of Strategic Theory and Deputy Head of the department; the Marjan Centre is supported by an Advisory Panel of experts that includes Dame Jane Goodall and Sir Crispin Tickell.

For more information on the Marjan Centre please see:


– Marsh Christian Trust:

The trust was started in 1981 by businessman Brian Marsh to honour ‘unsung heroes’: since then the portfolio of awards has grown to now total over 60 across a wide spectrum that includes conservation, arts, heritage and social welfare.

For more information on the Marsh Christian Trust please see:http://www.marshchristiantrust.org/

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