Jonathan Powell is no longer able to take part in this event. Sir Nigel Sheinwald will be in conversation with Gabrielle Rifkind
Sir Nigel Sheinwald, former British Ambassador to the USA (2007-12), has kindly agreed to step in and take part in this conversation about whether an army of mediators would be better than an airforce of bombers.
In addition to serving as British Ambassador in Washington, Sir Nigel has been this country’s Ambassador to the European Union (2000-2003), and was Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Cabinet Office Overseas and Defence Secretariat (2003-7). Since leaving the Diplomatic Service in 2012 Nigel’s many activities include a Visiting Professorship in the War Studies Department. From September 2014 to June 2015 he served as the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Intelligence and Law Enforcement Data Sharing.
Gabrielle Rifkind is the Director of the Middle East programme at Oxford Research Group (ORG). She is a group analyst and specialist in conflict resolution. Gabrielle combines in-depth political and psychological expertise with many years’ experience in promoting serious analysis and dialogue. As a political entrepreneur she has created conflict resolution programmes on the Iranian nuclear programme , Palestine-Israel and a Syria track on the proxy regional war. She is the author, with Gianni Picco, of The Fog of Peace: how to prevent war which is out in paperback in September.