Middle East Dynamics

Understanding and exploring current tensions and future scenarios
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Often referred to as the ‘crossroads of the world’, the Middle East and North Africa region covers more than 20 countries. As with other large regions, one cannot generalise too much about current issues and history – it is too complex. Alongside prosperity and growth in some parts, there are many issues including complicated diplomacy and outright war.

As we witness war in Gaza, tensions are escalating in Yemen, Lebanon and Iran. Relations with Saudi Arabia are delicate, yet ties remain strong. The UAE continues to grow and is regarded as a powerhouse for tourism, space travel and innovation. Logistics and supply chain flow is impacted by issues in the Red Sea and the Suez canal. It reminds us, yet again, we are all interconnected and so when there are challenges in one part of the world, they can have global consequences.

Here are some key speakers who can contribute thought leadership on this subject.

Middle East Dynamics speakers

Sanam Vakil Speaker
Sanam Vakil
Director Middle East North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Tina Fordham Speaker
Tina Fordham
Geopolitical Strategist for Business and Markets - Founder Fordham Global Foresight
Anne Applebaum Speaker
Anne Applebaum
Expert on International Affairs and Foreign Policy
Gideon Rachman Speaker
Gideon Rachman
Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times
Shlomo Ben-Ami Speaker
Shlomo Ben-Ami Speaker
Shlomo Ben-Ami
Israeli historian, former politician, and diplomat.
Basim Al-Ahmadi Speaker
Basim Al-Ahmadi
Political Risk and Strategy Consultant
Fawaz Gerges Speaker
Fawaz Gerges
Expert on the Politics of the Middle East
Steven Simon Speaker
Steven Simon
National Security and Terrorism Expert
Ian Bremmer Speaker
Ian Bremmer
Founder-President of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group
Aaron David Miller Speaker
Aaron David Miller
Middle East Analyst & Author
Bilahari Kausikan Speaker
Bilahari Kausikan
Singapore's Ambassador-At-Large
Bronwen Maddox Speaker
Bronwen Maddox
Director and CEO, Chatham House
Kim Darroch Speaker
Kim Darroch
Retired UK Civil Servant and Life Peer in the House of Lords
James Watt CVO Speaker
James Watt CVO
Partner in political risk consultancy, Former British Ambassador and established speaker on current issues in The Middle East
Nick Carter Speaker
Nick Carter
Chief of the Defence Staff (2018-21) and Head of the British Army (2014-18)
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Gérard Araud Speaker
Gérard Araud
Ambassador of France to the United States (2014-2019)
Dennis Ross Speaker
Dennis Ross
President Clinton's Envoy to the Middle East
John Simpson CBE Speaker
John Simpson CBE
BBC World Affairs Editor, Broadcaster, Author & Columnist
Bassam Fattouh Speaker
Bassam Fattouh
Expert in Middle East & North Africa Energy
Hossein Askari Speaker
Hossein Askari
Islamic Economics and Finance Expert