CMEC event with Jack Straw

The English Job: understanding Iran and why it disturb Britain

A discussion on the book with the author, former Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon Jack Straw

About the book : With tensions rising sharply between Tehran and the West, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw unveils a richly detailed account of Britain’s turbulent relationship with Iran, illuminating the culture, psychology and history of a much-misunderstood nation. Informed by Straw’s wealth of experience negotiating Iran’s labyrinthine internal politics, The English Job is a powerful, clear-sighted and compelling portrait of an extraordinary country.

The Rt Hon Jack Straw served in the 1997 – 2010 Labour government as Foreign Secretary (2001 to 2006), Home Secretary (1997 to 2001), Leader of the Commons (2006 to 2007), and Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary (2007 to 2010). In 2001 Straw became the first British foreign secretary to visit Iran since the 1979 revolution. He has since visited the country multiple times and continues to contribute to the conversation on Iranian-British relations, most recently publishing The English Job: Understanding Iran and Why It Distrusts Britain, the subject of this CMEC event.