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After the War in Lebanon

February 8, 2007 — The University of Utah Middle East Lecture Series continues with four talks addressing the problems and predicaments facing the Middle East and the United States in the aftermath of the July-August 2006 war in Lebanon. Focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, U.S. policy in the Middle East, and Syria’s place in the new international environment, the lectures will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Hinckley Caucus Room 255 Orson Spenser Hall (OSH). The lectures are free and open to the public.

Ibrahim Karawan, director of the Middle East Center, explains that the series has become one of the most widely followed on campus. “The series covers the major issues of the year and involves diverse perspectives and outlooks on these issues addressed by very prominent speakers.” Karawan credits part of the series” success to the generous support received from University leadership. “It attracts strong interest from the University community and the surrounding community as well,” he says.

Titles and speakers include:

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
“The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict-Is There a Way Out of This Conflict?”
Yezid Sayigh, Professor of Middle East Studies in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London University and author of Armed Struggle and the Search for State: the Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007
“The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict-Is There a Way Out of This Conflict?”
Itamar Rabinovich, President, Tel Aviv University, author of Syria Under Ba’th, The War For Lebanon, The Road Not Taken: Early Arab-Israeli Negotiations, and Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs at the End of the Century.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007
“Reassessing US Policy in the Middle East”
Steve Simon, author, Senior Analyst for the Council on Foreign Relations, co-author of The Age of Sacred Terror and Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change.

Thursday, April 19, 2007
“Syria’s Place in the New Regional and International Environment”
Patrick Seale, former Middle East correspondent of the Observer; author of The Struggle for Syria, and Asad of Syria: the Struggle for the Middle East.

The Middle East Lecture Series is organized by the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, in collaboration with the Office of the President, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for University Relations, the College of the Humanities, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Political Science and the Hinckley Institute of Politics. For more information on the upcoming lectures or on the Middle East Center at the University of Utah, contact Shari Lindsey, 801-581-6181 or