“Is Stability in the Middle East Possible?”, a Conversation with Sir Derek Plumbly

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•11•29    18:30 - 19:30

    On 29 November 2017, UNU will host “Is Stability in the Middle East Possible?, a conversation with Sir Derek Plumbly, former United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

    The Middle East faces many harsh challenges. Unresolved conflicts, violent extremism, and deep divisions among key regional actors continue to destabilise the region. This instability has affected not only the Middle East, but has been felt across the globe. At the same time, hope remains for peace and resolution, especially among the younger generation who have been instrumental in agitating for change. But is stability in the Middle East possible? And what support is needed from the international community to achieve this?

    Sir Derek Plumbly will join Mr Adam Day, Senior Policy Adviser at the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation on building peace in the Middle East, and the actions needed from key regional and international actors to achieve stability in the region.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation both during the event and at the reception that will follow, where food and drinks will be served.

    Please note this event will be in English only (no Japanese interpretation). Advance registration is required via the REGISTER button above.

    About the speaker

    Derek Plumbly is Visiting Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London and Chair of the Arab British Centre. From 2012 to 2015, he served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Coordinator for Lebanon. From 2008 to 2011, he headed the international commission monitoring the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan. Prior, he held a number of distinguished posts in the British foreign service, such as Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt (2003-2007); Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2000-2003); Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1997-2000); Head of Chancery at the United Kingdom’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1992-1996); and Deputy head of mission in Riyadh (1988-1992).


    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
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