From the Archive: Insight on the Middle East

For background and insight into the Middle East and US policy, here’s some of the events we’ve had at the Frontline Club:


The question of how President Barack Obama would tackle the Middle East and the United States relationship with the region was the topic discussed at the Frontline Club shortly after he was sworn in as America’s 44th president in January 2009.

With: Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, from the War Studies department at King’s College London, Dr Emanuele Ottolenghi, executive director of the Transatlantic Institute, Sadeq Saba, BBC’s Iranian affairs analyst, Zaki Chehab, political editor for the London-based broadsheet Al Hayat and a senior editor for the Arabic TV channel LBC and Dr Rosemary Hollis, director of City University London’s Olive Tree Israeli-Palestinian scholarship programme.

In April 2010 we had Neil MacFarquhar, United Nations bureau chief for The New York Times, talking about life in the Middle East as told in his book The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday.

The book is his personal cultural investigation into life and thought in a variety of countries from Lebanon to Beirut, Kuwait and Cairo

In September 2010 we had poet, writer and journalist Joumana Haddad speaking to BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen about Arab women and her new book I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman.