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The Programme

The policy reverberations of the events of 1956 had a lasting effect on British defence and foreign policy, Arab Nationalism and the geopolitics of the Middle East. The rifts and ruptures of the Suez Crisis are comparable to the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The striking similarities range from divided public opinion over the justification for war; the nature of Anglo-American relations; tensions between the US and Europe; the pursuit of regime change by allies in collusion; the use and effectiveness of intelligence; the role of the UN and Arab-Israeli relations.

An examination of the crisis and its enduring legacy will be conducted by looking at the following topics:

  • The connections between 1956 and the current strategic and geopolitical environment
  • The military lessons of the conflict The European significance of Suez
  • President Nasser and the Arab Nationalist Enterprise
  • Prime Minister Eden and domestic political divisions

Confirmed participants include:

  • The Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC
  • Professor Scott Lucas, Head, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Martin Woollacott, Former Foreign Correspondent, Foreign Editor and Commentator on International Affairs, The Guardian
  • Gill Bennett, Associate Fellow, RUSI & formerly Chief Historian, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Dr. Sue Onslow, Cold War Studies Centre, International History Department, London School of Economics
  • Keith Kyle, author of ‘Suez: Britain’s End of Empire in the Middle East’
  • Laura James, Middle East Analyst, The Economist Intelligence Unit

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