Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts A New Middle East? The War on Terror and Its Regional Impact

A New Middle East? The War on Terror and Its Regional Impact

Date : Sat., October 16, 2004 to Sun., October 17, 2004 Category : Butcher History Institute

As part of the War on Terrorism, the United States has launched several major initiatives intended to remake the Middle East.  This has included the overthrow of Saddam and the political reconstruction of Iraq; the “Road Map” proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace; a “forward strategy” to encourage democracy in the region; multilateral efforts to contain nuclear proliferation; and a program to encourage economic growth.  All told, it is the most ambitious policy ever attempted to transform the prospects of a region sunk in a generation of economic stagnation, religious turmoil, and violent conflicts.  What impact has the War on Terrorism made on the Middle East?  Can we see any progress toward U.S. goals?  Are we moving toward an end of conflicts and a rebirth of economic and political change, or the reverse?

A New Middle East? Conference Summary by Trudy Kuehner


Topics and Speakers

Teaching the Middle East

10/16/2004 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Paul Dickler

Senior Fellow - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Neshaminy High School

Related Article(s):

Teaching the Middle East: A Resource for Educators (link)

The Sacred States and Their Prospects: Saudi Arabia, Iran

10/16/2004 - 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Michael S. Doran

Princeton University

The Secular States and Their Prospects: Egypt, Syria, and Jordan

10/16/2004 - 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM
Najib Ghadbian

University of Arkansas

The Role of Iraqi Democracy in Building the New Middle East

10/16/2004 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Eric Davis

Rutgers University

Keynote Address: The Next Middle East: How Iraq Will Determine the Future of Iran, North African Terrorists, and Other Issues

10/16/2004 - 7:30 PM

Economics, Demography, and Oil

10/16/2004 - 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Bernard E. Munk

Senior Fellow

Women’s Roles, Islam, and Political Reform in the Middle East

10/16/2004 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Beth Baron

City University of New York

U.S. Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

10/16/2004 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Related Article(s):

A Guide to Teaching About the War on Terrorism

Ten Things Students Need To Know About the Origins of Israel and Palestine

Related Multimedia:

The US and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Overview

What Participants Receive:

Social studies and history teachers, curriculum supervisors and junior college faculty are invited to apply for participation in the History Institute.  Forty participants will be selected to receive:

  • free room and board
  • assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute
  • stipends of $200 in exchange for curriculum units based on the History Institute, plus a representative selection of student work
  • partial travel scholarships available for participants outside the East Coast
  • subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs, and to E-Notes, FPRI’s weekly bulletin.