British Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Dr Rosemary Hollis, author, Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era (Chatham House Paper, published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
Discussants: Dr Maha Azzam, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House; Sir Harold 'Hooky' Walker, HM Ambassador to Iraq (1990-91); President, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
Chair: Ian Black, Middle East Editor, The Guardian
To mark the publication of her new book, Rosemary Hollis will discuss Britain's relationship with the Middle East. She will suggest that Britain's decision to join the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was more than just another episode in the history of British accommodation to American ascendancy after its own imperial 'moment' had ended. She will argue that this was a fateful decision which made Britain a junior partner in an adventure that has rocked the region, emboldened radical elements and left US influence diminished.
Copies of Dr Hollis's book will be available to purchase at the discounted rate of £14 for members.