Dissolving Borders and Emerging Threats: Challenges for the UK in a Turbulent Middle East
Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2010-13)
Baroness Falkner, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, House of Lords
Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow; Director, Gulf and Energy Policy Program, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
From Syria and Iraq to Libya and Yemen, political turmoil and sectarian violence are destabilizing the Middle East. Prime Minister David Cameron has described the fight against Islamic-inspired extremism as a ‘generational struggle’. The current UK government, and the next, face tough decisions about how to respond to this and other challenges across the region and who to work with to do so. This roundtable will examine the UK’s strategic priorities in an increasingly volatile Middle East.
Attendance is by invitation only.