in association with
Gulf Cultural Club
invites you to a Discussion titled:
Deconstructing the Iran-Saudi saga
within a turbulent Middle East
Professor George Joffe*
Roshan Mohammad Saleh**
Recent events in the Middle East have been dominated by sectarianism, terrorism, mass killings and executions, causing a major cold war between the two major powers in the region. Relationsbetween Saudi Arabia and Iran have been subsequently severed, leading to a new phase of uncertainty in an already highly turbulent Middle East. Five years after the Arab Spring the hopes it had engendered had been aborte; but is this the last episode in the process of re-writing the history of the Middle East? Or is it simply a winter cloud that will soon give way to a brighter political horizon in this stormy region?
Date: Wednesday, 20th January 2016
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
* Prof. George Joffe teaches the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa at the Department of Politics and International Studies in the University of Cambridge. His current research interests include trans-national risk in the Mediterranean, legal systems and migrant communities, the situation in North Africa and Euro-American relations. Previously, Professor Joffe was Deputy Director and Director of Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) between 1997 and 2000. He is also a regular commentator, inter alia, on the BBC and al-Jazeera.
**Roshan Muhammed Salih is journalist at LBP and editor at 5Pillars. He holds BA Hons French and Philosophy from Staffordshire University (August 1994), Post Graduate Certificate in Journalism from London School of Journalism (August 1998 ) and Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Exeter University (August 1996 ). He worked for two years as a teacher in a secondary school before re-training as a journalist. He started out in local newspapers in the UK before moving into TV production, making political, lifestyle and travel documentaries for mainstream British channels. Roshan then moved to Al Jazeera English's new wesbite as a journalist in Doha before returning to the UK to become head of news at Islam Channel. He then became head of news in London for Press TV, a position he held for five years. He is now a documentary maker and run a British Muslim website. His goals are (mainly) to write and report about the Muslim world.
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