Competition for leadership in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Iran and beyond

Key information

5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Main Building, SOAS
Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

About this event

The SOAS UN Society is happy to announce that we will be hosting a talk on Leadership Competition in the Middle East with Lina Khatib.

The talk will cover the competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran for regional hegemony and focus on everything from proxy wars, oil, and diplomacy. The event will consist of a talk and will include a Q&A section with the speaker and refreshments.


There are limited places available so make sure you sign up as soon as possible, also SOAS UN Society Members get priority to the event.


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About the speaker

Lina Khatib is the Director of the SOAS Middle East Institute and MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies, as well as Professor of Practice at the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS University of London. Prior to this, she served as director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, where she is now an associate fellow, and before that was director of the Carnegie Middle East Center at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

She also cofounded and led the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and was a Senior Associate at the Arab Reform Initiative. She has published several books and is a frequent writer and commentator on current affairs in the Middle East.


SOAS UN Society in association with the SOAS Middle East Institute

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