Past eventResearch Event

Traditions of Liberalism in the Middle East

22 May 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Ali Allawi, Research Professor, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
Tarek Osman, Author, Egypt on the Brink
Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Professor Charles Tripp, Professor of Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



As the Middle East and North Africa region continues to undergo a period of profound change, popular perception of the region is informed by its recent history of authoritarian leadership and contention over freedom of expression, equality and justice. Building on the recently published memoirs of the Iraqi politician Tawfiq al-Suwaydi (1892-1968), My Memoirs: Half a Century of the History of Iraq and the Arab Cause, the panel will draw on the region’s rich past to explore how the traditions of liberalism may shape the region’s future.

This event will be held on the record and is followed by a drinks reception until 19:30.