Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

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Host: Blenheim Palace Literary Festival
Location: St Mary Magdalene Church, Rectory Lane, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UQ
Speaker: Lindsey Hilsum, Eugene Rogan, David Aaronovitch, Munir Majid


A year ago at the Blenheim Palace Literary Festival a distinguished panel of speakers debated the ‘Arab Spring’ and asked what to expect from the pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. One year on and what has happened to the Arab Spring? Is there a transition to democracy and lasting peace or has the promise failed to materialise?

World attention has turned to rapidly changing events in Syria. What are the political consequences of a fall of the Assad dynasty? What government might fill the power vacuum in a post-Assad era – secular, Islamist or coalition, and what are the likely geopolitical consequences? Should the West intervene in Syria and, if so, what form should this take? 

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