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York Festival of Ideas
Keynote Address by Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian and Edward Snowden
Followed by a panel discussion with:
Ewen MacAskill is the Guardian's defence and intelligence correspondent. He was Washington DC bureau chief from 2007-2013, diplomatic editor from 1999-2006, chief political correspondent from 1996-99 and political editor of the Scotsman from 1990-96.
Professor Sultan Barakat (BSc University of Jordan, Amman, MA and DPhil University of York, UK) is the Founding Director of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), which was established at the University of York in 1993. He is currently the Chair of its Board of Governance.
He is also internationally known for having pioneered both scholarship and practice in the field of post-war recovery. Among his principal achievements has been the shaping of a generation of academic and practitioner leaders, both in the UK and overseas, in the fields of post-conflict reconstruction, disaster management and recovery, humanitarian assistance, conflict management and foreign policy.
Sultan is also is director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy. His current research focus is state fragility and recovery in the Middle East, as well as the role of Qatar in conflict mediation. He has been published widely, and has over 25 years of professional experience working on issues of conflict management, humanitarian response and post-conflict recovery and transition.
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