An Autumn Perspective on the Arab Spring

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A lecture by the Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, UK.

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Douglas Alexander looked at how the Arab Spring unfolded during the course of 2011 and gave his assessments, both of strategic implications of events in the Middle East and North Africa and how Britain can work with countries in transition to promote Britain’s values and interests. He looked at the lessons that can be learnt for British policymaking in response to these unprecedented events and analysed the strengths and weaknesses in the Government’s approach.

The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP is Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and Shadow Foreign Secretary. Between May 2001 and May 2010 he served in a wide range of Ministerial positions including Secretary of State for International Development, Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland. He was the UK’s Governor to the World Bank between June 2007 and May 2010. Prior to entering Parliament in 1997, he qualified and practiced as a lawyer in Scotland. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Pennsylvania.

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