Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Invention of the Middle East, Post-World War One, and the Reinvention of the Middle East, Post-Arab Spring

The Invention of the Middle East, Post-World War One, and the Reinvention of the Middle East, Post-Arab Spring

Date : Sat., November 02, 2013 8:00 am to 12:45 pm Category : Butcher History Institute

The modern Middle East, as we knew it, was formed in the aftermath of World War I; yet we are now facing a region-wide upheaval on possibly the same scale of that seminal period in history. In this intensive weekend-long conference for high school teachers, we will explore the historic developments of our time in the larger historical context of another era — with lectures by the best scholars in the country. Teachers will complete the weekend with a much deeper appreciation and understanding of the Middle East and the implications for US foreign policy.

A full compilation of the videos from this riveting History Institute can be found here. 

 

Topics and Speakers

Welcoming Remarks

11/02/2013 - 08:45am to 09:00am
Stephen Bullick

Senator John Heinz History Center

Steven E. Sokol

President, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Co-Chair - Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute

Alloy Ansin Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

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The Invention of the Middle East, Post-World War One, and the Reinvention of the Middle East, Post-Arab Spring – Welcoming Remarks

The Ottoman Middle East

11/02/2013 - 09:am to 10:15am
Michael A. Reynolds

Senior Fellow - Program on the Middle East

Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Related Multimedia:

The Ottoman Middle East

Winston Churchill and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

11/02/2013 - 10:30am to 11:45am
John H. Maurer

Senior Fellow - Program on National Security

Chairman, Strategy Dept., US Naval War College

Related Multimedia:

Winston Churchill and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

The Middle East Before the Arab Spring

11/02/2013 - 12:45pm to 02:00pm
Adam Garfinkle

Editor, The American Interest Magazine

Related Article(s):

How to Think About the Middle East Before the “Arab Spring” – and After

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The Middle East Before the Arab Spring

The Sunni-Shi‘a Divide in a Post-Arab Spring Middle East

11/02/2013 - 02:15pm to 03:30pm
Samuel Helfont

Associate Scholar - Program on the Middle East

Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University

Related Article(s):

The Geopolitics of the Sunni-Shi‘i Divide in the Middle East

Sunni Islam: What Students Need to Know

Shiism: What Students Need to Know

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The Sunni-Shi’a Divide in a Post-Arab Spring Middle East

The Muslim Brotherhood: From Inception until the Present Day

11/02/2013 - 03:45pm to 05:00pm
Eric Trager

Associate Scholar - Program on the Middle East

Esther K. Wagner Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Related Multimedia:

The Muslim Brotherhood: From Inception until the Present Day

KEYNOTE: Middle East Realities Defy Our Familiar Categories and Concepts

11/02/2013 - 07:00pm
Michael S. Doran

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Iranian Grand Strategy under the Ayatollahs

11/02/2013 - 08:30am to 09:45am
Amin Tarzi

Director of Middle East Studies, Marine Corps University

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Iranian Grand Strategy under the Ayatollahs

al-Qaeda 2.0

11/02/2013 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Clint Watts

Senior Fellow - Program on National Security

Consultant, Researcher and Trainer, Miburo Solutions, Inc.

Related Article(s):

The Three Versions of Al Qaeda: A Primer

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al-Qaeda 2.0

Does Democracy Have a Future in the Middle East?

11/02/2013 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
Sean L. Yom

Senior Fellow

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Temple University

Related Multimedia:

Does Democracy Have a Future in the Middle East

Registration links

Register Deadline

Thu., August 1, 2013

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