Spreading the Queen's English in the Middle East

Sir Vernon Ellis is the chair of the British Council, an organization focused on harnessing the universal language - English - for good in 110 countries. Israel and the Palestinian territories are on his list.

"English is the greatest asset we have," says Sir Vernon Ellis, 65, chair of the British Council, the organization overseeing international cultural and educational programs around the world on behalf of the British government. In a period where the venerable council needs to drum up most of its own funding for projects in 110 countries across the globe, the fact that it is recognized as a world leader...