The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London is delighted to invite you to the upcoming event “Former UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura in Conversation with Dr Lina Khatib on Diplomacy and the Conflict in Syria” taking place on 4 November 2019 (6.00-7.30 pm) at the Aga Khan Centre.
Staffan de Mistura is a veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat who has had a 40-year career with the United Nations, including a number of high-profile roles. Latterly, he also served as Italy’s Deputy Foreign Minister in Mario Monti’s government. In July 2014, he was chosen by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria’s civil war. Mr de Mistura resigned from the post in November 2018, for personal reasons.
Dr Lina Khatib is Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. She was formerly Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut and Co-founding Head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.