Realignment in the Arab world – What does it mean for Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel?

Talk May 17, 2011 7:00 PM

With a panel of experts and journalists we will be examining the political realignment taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.

We will be asking what the shifts in Arab world mean for Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia: What is Israel’s likely response to the emerging democracies that are replacing autocrats who held onto power in the name of “stability” in the region. How will countries like Egypt respond to Israel in the future and how will the balance of power change?

We will be looking to at how Iran and Saudi Arabia respond to the changes taking place and the role of the Arab League in the future.

In association with BBC Arabic

Chaired by Sam Farah, the lead presenter of BBC Arabic’s flagship interactive programme Nuqtat Hewar (Talking Point).



Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst;

Abdel Bari Atwan, since 1989 he has been the editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, a major independent pan-Arab daily newspaper published in London and author of The Secret History of al-Qa’ida and A Country of Words, his memoir.

William Morris, Secretary General of the Next Century Foundation, formerly a journalist and publisher he has been involved in the Middle East for more than 30 years. As Chairman of the International Media Council he has led press delegations to Iraq, Palestine, Israel, Egypt and Syria.


Picture credit: Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs