[act-ma] Sowing Crisis in Mid East, Cambridge Forum, March 18

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SOWING CRISIS: The Cold War and the Middle East
March 18, 7:30 pm
Cambridge Forum
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Free and Open to the Public

Press Release

On March 18 Rashid Khalidi, author of Sowing Crisis: the Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East, will discuss his new book at Cambridge Forum.

For over 45 years in the Cold War, the U.S. and Soviet Union engaged in a deadly global rivalry, using political and military policy to win allies and exert power.  How did these Cold War strategies shape the political and ideological landscape in the Middle East?  What was impact of American policy, driven to win the Cold War “regardless of cost,  to the nation states and their economies in this most dangerous region?   Is there a connection between American need to defeat the  Russians by humiliating their friends in the Middle East and wide spread support for the 9/11 attacks among the “Arab street”?  Recognizing the U.S. historical standing in the Middle East, what should the new Obama presidency do?

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies and the Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.  Considered as the pre eminent scholar among U.S. historians of the Middle East, he is the author of five major books and more than seventy-five articles on Middle Eastern history and politics.

Book signing, courtesy of Harvard Book Store, follows.

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