As Iran marks the 45th anniversary of its Revolution The time bombs in the Middle East

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invites you to a seminar on

As Iran marks the 45th anniversary of its Revolution

The time bombs in the Middle East


*Moosa Sroor


** Paul Ingram

(Nuclear Disarmament Expert)

***Murad Qureshi

(Labour politician, former London Assembly member)

6.30pm (GMT), Tuesday 20th February 2024

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP

The race between peace and war in the Middle East is intensifying. The Israeli war on Gaza has caused enormous distress among people inside the territory and outside it. Despite the disparity in the balance of power between the Palestinians and the Israelis, the war has not been conclusive. On the contrary it has led to more polarization in the region, dashing the hopes of those in the West who had anticipated a wider move towards wider political settlements. Regional powers; Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Iran have different agendas, but the Israeli challenge has always led to a degree of consensus among the regional powers especially since the Gaza episode erupted four months ago.

The prospects of peace and war are still in the balance, but the political skirmishes continues unabated.

*Moosa Sroor is the Correspondent and Head of the London Office of Al Mayadeen TV. In 2007 he graduated from the Lebanese University in Beirut with a degree in Law. He pursued his postgraduate studies in UK and in 2007 received MSc in Law also. In 2022 he completed another MSc in International Relations from Brunel University. He has worked on Southern Lebanon affairs. He also worked as a journalist with ANN in London. He also worked as a freelance journalist with Al Jazeera and produced a documentary about Naji Al Ali, the famous cartoonist assassinated in London in 1987

**Paul Ingram Paul Ingram is an expert on the global nuclear disarmament debate and global security. He has specialised on Iran’s nuclear programme and nuclear proliferation politics in the Middle East. For many years he led the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), and is now at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Director of the civil society Middle East Treaty Organisation (METO), working to strengthen the belief in establishing a zone across the region free of WMD and particularly nuclear weapons.

***Murad Qureshi (born 27 May 1965 of Bengali parents) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician, and a former Member of the London Assembly. He attended Quintin Kynaston School and graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Development Studies in 1987, before undertaking an MSc in Environmental Economics at University College London, which he completed in 1993.

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