Middle East Debate

  • Event Start: 7th June 2018, 8:30pm
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This House Believes The Western Model of Democracy is Unsuitable for the Middle East

There are almost no examples of Western-styled democratic governments in the Middle East despite a century-long protest against the Sykes-Picot agreement and more recent pro-democratic movements.  More dangerously, such failed political experiences have provided fuel for radical statehood ideology.  But does this lack of success in the installation of democracy miss the fundamental right to self-determination and support the conclusion that a new model of political governance is necessary to create a form of organisation that incites long-lasting peace in the Middle East

Speakers in Proposition:

  • Deborah Jones : Former US Ambassador to Libya and Kuwait, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute
  • Sir John Jenkins KCMG LVO : Former UK Ambassador to Syria and Iraq, and Consul-General in Jerusalem
  • HRH Prince Hamzah bin Hussein OSJ : Former Crown Prince of Jordan, HRH currently holds the rank of Colonel in the Jordan Arab Army and heads the Royal Advisory Committee on the Energy Sector

Speakers in Opposition:

  • Alberto Gonzales : 80th US Attorney General and White House Counsel to President George W Bush
  • Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC : Former Foreign Secretary and Chair of the Intelligence & Security Committee
  • The Hon Yehiel Bar : Secretary General of the Labor Party and the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset


With sincere thanks to the Debate and Presidential Iftar sponsor





Prior to this debate, Officer Hustings will be held at 7.45pm ahead of the Union's Elections the following day

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