Brian Whitaker has done a variety of jobs at the Guardian including most recently 7 years as Middle East Editor. He is currently Editor of “Comment is Free” and is the author of the author of “Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East” (Saqi, 2006). Brian will focus on some of the less-discussed social and cultural aspects of the kingdom’s relationship with the the West and discuss the problems the Saudis have in trying to maintain their own very distinctive kind of “closed system” within the kingdom. The talk would also draw together and develop some of the themes from Brian’s latest book, “What’s Really Wrong with the Middle East”. (Saqi, 2009), including the influence of religion on international business and progressive international treaties.
- Can the EU survive the crisis?
- The Financialisation of Food: Commodity Markets And Human Hunger
- Pakistan: A failing and dangerous state?
- A Scramble for Resources? The contemporary geopolitics of the Arctic
- Khadafi, Fleet Street and Libya’s fluctuating relationship with the West
- Indonesia and the promise of democracy in the Muslim world
- A steady-state economy: Should we? Could we?
- Why we should document every casualty of conflict
- Algeria and the impact of the Jasmine Revolution
- Dangerous banks: can we tame them?
- Crisis in Kyrgyzstan & the struggle for the control of Central Asia
- Saudi Arabia – What’s wrong with its relationship with the West
- Privatisation of public services: what’s wrong with it?
- Sarah Palin : why is she so popular?