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A former foreign minister and diplomat will share his insights on some of the key issues and policy challenges that have shaped the Middle East at an upcoming webinar.

Nabil Fahmy, who served as an Egyptian diplomat for more than 30 years, will launch his new book – Egypt’s Diplomacy in War, Peace and Transition – at a webinar hosted by the Institute of Middle East Studies.

The event is taking place on 16 June, from 15.30-17.00 (BST), 10.30-12.00 (EST), 16.30-18.00 (Cairo time).

Mr Fahmy, who also served as Egyptian foreign minister from 2013-14, will talk about some of the key foreign policy challenges facing the Middle East, drawing on the insights shared in his book and from his career.

The conversation will address the ups and downs of the Arab-Israeli peace process, the trajectory of Egyptian-US relations, the Iraq war, the vexed issue of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and Egypt’s foreign policy under Hosni Mubarak and the politics of the transition period following the Arab Spring. The panel will also reflect on the future of Egypt’s foreign policy and its relations within the region and with the United States, Russia and China.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.


Ambassador Nabil Fahmy
Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Egypt and Founding Dean of School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo.

Ambassador Martin Indyk
Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ambassador Indyk held a number of positions in the US government related to the Middle East including Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, US Ambassador to Israel and US special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Sir Derek Plumbly
Visiting Professor at King’s College London. Sir Derek served as British Ambassador to Egypt and Saudi Arabia and director for the Middle East and North Africa in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He also served as UN special co-ordinator for Lebanon and chaired the international commission which oversaw implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan.


Dr Hassan Elbahtimy
Lecturer, War Studies Department, King’s College London.

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