FULLY BOOKED First Wednesday: The Tunisian domino effect and the Middle East

Talk February 2, 2011 7:00 PM


At February’s First Wednesday we will be bringing together a panel of experts to discuss the recent unrest in the Middle East since demonstrators in Tunisia ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Following unrest in a number of North African and Middle East countries, the world’s attention is now on Egypt, where the next 48 hours are considered crucial in determining the future of this pivotal country.

We hope you will join us to discuss the remarkable events of recent weeks and on the nature of the changes that are taking place in Egypt and what they mean for the future of the region.

Chaired by Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.


Mustafa Abulhimal, Research Fellow, Quilliam Foundation;

Jane Kinninmont, the associate director for Middle East and Africa at the
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU);

Tarek Osman, author of Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak (via Skype, subject to internet connection in Cairo);

Mohamed Yehia, BBC Arabic Online Editor;

Davis Lewin, head of programmes at the Henry Jackson Society, a foreign policy think tank based in London.