March 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

2016 Baker Peace Conference Focuses on Middle East, March 24-25

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The 2016 Baker Peace Conference at Ohio University “History, War, and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East” is March 24 & 25.

The conference focuses on the Middle East, from World War I to the present time. These events are free and open to the public.

Keynote Address

Thursday March 24, 7:30 p.m., Nelson Commons

Dr. Rashid Khalidi is the keynote speaker. His talk is titled “The Persistence of the Sykes-Picot Frontiers in the Middle East.

Dr. Rashid Khalidi

Dr. Rashid Khalidi

Khalidi is Chair of the History Department at Columbia University as well as Editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies. He served as an adviser to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. Khalidi is the author of six books on various aspects of the history of the Middle East. His latest book, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013), won the Lionel Trilling Book Award. (See biography.)

Discussion Panels

Friday March 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Baker Ballroom A

Three panels will convene on Friday, featuring a diverse array of topics and specialists. Each panel will have a time for questions and answers.

Panel 1: Egypt and the Levant in the World Wars

10 a.m. (See biographies.)

  • A City under Siege: Beirut during the Great War, Dr. Melanie S. Tanielian, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • War, Colonialism, and the Collapse of Liberal Political Economy in Egypt, Dr. Eric Schewe, Queens College, City University of New York
  • Bodies and Needs: World War II in Palestine, Dr. Sherene Seikaly, University of California at Santa Barbara

Panel 2: Iraq, Saudi Arabia, & the U.S. during the Cold War

1 p.m. (See biographies.)

  • State Making and Its Discontents: Popular Movements, Regional Rivalries, and the Cold War in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Rosie Bsheer, Yale University
  • Urban Development, Ethnicity, and Authoritarianism in Iraq’s Oil City: Kirkuk in the Cold War Era, Dr. Arbella Bet-Shlimon, University of Washington
  • 1979 Revisited: The Cold War, Islamic Legitimacy, and U.S.-Saudi Relations, Dr. Nathan Citino, Rice University

Panel 3: Making Sense of Today’s Middle East

3 p.m. (See biographies.)

  • From Occupation to Warfare: The New Phase of Israeli-Palestinian Relations, Professor Noura Erakat, Esq., George Mason University
  • The Syrian Uprising: From Civil Protest to Russian Intervention, Dr. Bassam Haddad, George Mason University
  • Understanding the Rise (and Possible Fall) of Iran and Turkey as Regional Hegemons, Dr. Asli Bali, University of California at Los Angeles

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