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Shifting Sands and Flow of Water: Is a New Middle East Emerging?

The Middle East as a region of countries and borders, less than 100 years old, formed by the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 from the dissolved Ottoman Empire. The growing pains and each countries search for identity since 1923 are considerable, just as the growing pains of all developed countries and regions have been. With current conflict in Iraq, Syria, the ISIS factor and the lifting of sanctions of Iran, are we now seeing the final 'growth pains', from which stability and sustainable relations between countries in the region can be reached. The presentation will explore this concept from both negative and positive outlooks as well as focusing on how resources such as water could play a bigger part than oil, shaping a 'new' region.

Speaker

Mr Andy Williams CPP, Senior Partner, Temi Group, Finland

Andy Williams is based in Istanbul with the global security risk management company, Temi Group. Prior to this he was Head of Security for TDIC – a UAE government entity engaged in master development of new city builds and tourism infrastructure This appointment was preceded by 15 years in the hospitality industry, principally with Marriott International- Ritz Carlton as a Regional Director of Loss Prevention within covering Europe Middle East and Africa. On the vocational front, Andy served as a Regional Vice President for ASIS International; is a member of The Security Institute, The Royal Society for Promotion and a former member of the European Institute of Corporate Security Management. He has also worked in liaison with: UK government NaCTSO - The EU Council and United Nations Intelligence Crime and Justice Research Unit on projects relating to counter terrorism and is also an Advisory Board Member of CSARN.