Egypt and The Middle East: 5 Years After the Arab Spring Began
John Casson, British Ambassador in Egypt
Chair: Neil Quilliam, Acting Head of Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Half a decade on from the start of the Arab Spring, outcomes range from fragile democracy in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began, to conflict, state failure and a return to authoritarianism elsewhere. Against this backdrop, terrorism and extremism have presented a growing challenge to both authoritarian and democratic systems, with significant consequences beyond the Middle East and North Africa.
John Casson has been British ambassador in Egypt since August 2014 having previously served as the prime minister’s foreign policy private secretary during the Arab Spring, deputy ambassador in Jordan, and head of the FCO’s Near East and North Africa department. He will offer his thoughts on how Egypt is responding to the post-Spring reality and what the outlook for the Arab world’s largest country tells us about the future of the region.
Attendance is strictly by invitation only. To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.