'The lecture will be in the Sherard Cowper-Coles style: lively, challenging and deeply incisive. If you want to be sure of a ticket please email us at mail@britishlebanese.org to reserve.’   Tickets £20 Students £10 For tickets click here Members and friends welcome   Sherard Cowper-Coles speaks both Arabic and Hebrew. He has been Ambassador in Tel Aviv as well as Riyadh. In these postings and elsewhere his analysis of the political landscape has always been acute and thought provoking and he has never been afraid to speak his mind. His thoughts today on the 'Future of the Middle East’ should not be missed by anyone with an interest in this part of the world.
Date & Time: Monday 29th September 2014 Time:  Refreshments from 18:30            Lecture begins 19:00 Venue: Royal Thames Yacht Club 60 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LF For tickets: Click here Enquiries: Hon Sec office 020 7370 1966 or mail@britishlebanese.org
The Future of the Middle East SHERARD COWPER-COLES H O M E
29th September 2014
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief-Executive Officer
Royal Thames Yacht Club
Sir David Roberts Memorial Lecture
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles spent over 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, which he joined straight from reading Classics at Oxford.  After Arabic language training in Lebanon, Syria and Alexandria, he served in Cairo, Washington and Paris.  He was also Principal Private Secretary to the UK Foreign Secretary, the late Robin Cook, and was Head of the Foreign Office Hong Kong Department from 1994 up to the handover to China in 1997.  His final diplomatic jobs were as the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009 – 2010), Ambassador to Afghanistan (2007 - 2009), Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2003 – 2007) and Ambassador to Israel (2001 – 2003). He is the author of two books: "Cables from Kabul" (2011) and "Ever the Diplomat" (2012) READ MORE >>