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Soldier in the Sand: A Personal History of the Modern Middle East

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Simon Mayall

Friday 7th October 12:20 - 13:20 | St Mary’s Church

With the Middle East in a state of persistent change and upheaval Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall, who has known the region since childhood and over the course of his 40-year career, is well placed to provide a greater understanding of this diverse, complex region. As well as providing an analysis of its history and religions, which strongly influence people’s actions, attitudes and relationships, Mayall draws on his own experiences and impressions based on his many years spent in key military and diplomatic appointments in numerous countries. In addition to knowing many of the key players personally, Mayall has studied at leading universities British policy and engagement in the area and he understands the effects of this long-term engagement.

Mayall’s mixture of history, politics, academic study and first-hand experience offers an invaluable insight into a fascinating, fractured and frustrating area of the world. Mayall explains complex situations in a thoroughly accessible and human manner.


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