The Middle East Institute is proud to host Paul Danahar, BBC's North America bureau chief, for a reading and discussion of his book, The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring (Bloomsbury Press, 2013). In his latest book, Danahar highlights the historic changes taking place in the Middle East, as the countries engulfed by the Arab Spring continue along their paths to democracy and tensions rise between the religious and the secular in Israel. Danahar will discuss how these factors are producing a new regional and global order, focusing on the implications for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, emerging democratic societies, and the new power narrative taking shape in the Middle East. Afterwards, Danahar will sign copies of his book.
Paul Danahar served as the BBC's Middle East bureau chief between 2010-2013. During that period, he ran the organization's entire news operation in the region, which won an Emmy in 2013 for its coverage of the conflict in Syria. Previously, Danahar served as the BBC's East Asia bureau chief and the BBC's South Asia bureau chief, where he covered the rise, fall, and eventual return of the Taliban. He was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 for his work as the Baghdad bureau chief during the American-led invasion. In 2013, he was appointed the BBC's North America bureau chief. He is now based in Washington, DC.