Thursday 22 September 2022

07:45

James Watt

Failed States

What are failed states? Why does it matter to the rest of us? Why are we seeing more failing and failed states than ever before in history? What has changed and what can be done to arrest/reverse this decline? Drawing on experience gleaned over 37 years in the British Diplomatic Service, James will address each of these questions, bringing clarity to this complex world.

James Watt
Former Ambassador to Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon

James is a Partner in the Ambassador Partnership LLP, a London based partnership of former Ambassadors specialising in dispute resolution and political risk. He is also a commentator and lecturer on geopolitics and the Middle East. Prior to this James was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1977-2014 including Ambassador to Egypt (2011-14), Jordan (2006-11) and Lebanon (2003-06), and postings in Abu Dhabi, New York and Pakistan.  His pro bono positions include Chairman, International Advisory Board, Research for Health in Conflict – Middle East and North Africa; Conflict and Health Research Group, King’s College London (2017-22); Trustee, London Middle East Institute, SOAS, London (2018-22). He was educated at Queen’s College Oxford and lives between London and Beirut. 

James Watt

James is a Partner in the Ambassador Partnership LLP, a London based partnership of former Ambassadors specialising in dispute resolution and political risk. He is also a commentator and lecturer on geopolitics and the Middle East. Prior to this James was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1977-2014 including Ambassador to Egypt (2011-14), Jordan (2006-11) and Lebanon (2003-06), and postings in Abu Dhabi, New York and Pakistan.  His pro bono positions include Chairman, International Advisory Board, Research for Health in Conflict – Middle East and North Africa; Conflict and Health Research Group, King’s College London (2017-22); Trustee, London Middle East Institute, SOAS, London (2018-22). He was educated at Queen’s College Oxford and lives between London and Beirut. 

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