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The Institute of Middle East Studies at King’s College London is pleased to host the launch of Nabil Fahmy’s recently published book titled ‘Egypt’s Diplomacy in War, Peace and Transition.’

The online panel will draw on insights from the book and Nabil Fahmy’s career as a diplomat then Foreign Minister of Egypt to discuss some of the key foreign policy challenges of the region.

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 Mubarak and in the transition period. 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 Coordinator 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

At this event

Derek Plumbly

Visiting Professor

Hassan Elbahtimy

Senior Lecturer