Robin Wright believes “we may be in the greatest period of empowerment in world history.” Wright will share the the…
Nathan Schneider, author and editor of two online publications, Waging Nonviolence and Killing the Buddha, and Tippett, host of public radio’s “On Being,” will speak at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy. Week Seven’s Interfaith Lecture theme is “Conversations on the American Consciousness.”
In early 2011, the world watched in awe as Egyptian revolutionaries ousted President Hosni Mubarak from office after nearly 30 years in power. Removing an authoritarian leader was a momentous accomplishment, said Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers’ Middle East bureau chief, but the difficult part came afterward.
Nancy Youssef thinks that democracy may too often be glorified as a golden, infallible form of government, and that Americans may be too eager to throw it as a panacea toward any problem that arises.
In 2008, Dennis Ross was asked by Vanity Fair if he thought the map presented by T.E. Lawrence to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 could be applied to the Middle East today. Ross said the notion was inconceivable. But five years later, Ross said he believes the map — which separates countries of the Middle East by their individual tribes, sects and clans — may have “a lot of possibility.”
“This is not the Middle East that you knew before,” he said. “It is a Middle East that is changing.”
The United States’ ability to pursue its interests in the Middle East are challenged by three main issues, Aaron David Miller said: the Arab Spring, Iran’s regional and nuclear ambitions and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Miller delivered the second of his five lectures on the week’s Interfaith Lecture Series theme of “Religion, Culture and Diplomacy” at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hall of Philosophy. He is currently the vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar in the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For 24 years prior to this position, he worked for the U.S. Department of State and served as an advisor to six secretaries of state, helping to formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and on the Arab-Israeli peace process.
The Arab world was shook by waves of revolution in December 2010, when a Tunisian man set himself on fire in protest of police corruption.