March 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Baker Peace Panel | Iraq, Saudi Arabia, & the U.S. During the Cold War, March 25

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The 2016 Baker Peace Conference features a panel on Iraq, Saudi Arabia, & the U.S. during the Cold War on Friday, March 25, at 1 p.m. in Baker Ballroom A,

The theme of the 2016 conference, held March 24 and 25 at Ohio University, is “History, War, and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East.” The conference focuses on the Middle East, from World War I to the present time. These events are free and open to the public. See the 2016 conference schedule. 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 2: Iraq, Saudi Arabia, & the U.S. during the Cold War

1 p.m.

State Making and Its Discontents: Popular Movements, Regional Rivalries, and the Cold War in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Rosie Bsheer, Yale University

Dr. Rosie Bsheer

Dr. Rosie Bsheer

She is an assistant professor of modern Middle East history at Yale University. Her teaching and research interest centers on Arab intellectual and social movements, petro-capitalism and state formation, and the production of historical knowledge and commemorative spaces. Bsheer is currently working on a book manuscript, provisionally entitled, Archive Wars: Spectacle, Speculation, and the Politics of History in Saudi Arabia. Bsheer is also a co-editor of Jadaliyya E-zine, The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012), and Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula (Tadween Publishing, 2013), and is the Associate Producer of the 2007 Oscar-nominated film on Iraq, My Country, My Country.

Urban Development, Ethnicity, and Authoritarianism in Iraq’s Oil City: Kirkuk in the Cold War Era

Dr. Arbella Bet-Shlimon, University of Washington

Dr. Arbella Bet-Shlimon

Dr. Arbella Bet-Shlimon

She is an assistant professor of history at the University of Washington, Seattle. In her research and teaching, she focuses on modern Iraq and the broader Persian Gulf region, as well as Middle Eastern urban history. She is currently writing her first book: a history of oil, urbanism, identity, and politics in Kirkuk in the twentieth century. She has also published articles based on this research in the Journal of Urban History and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

1979 Revisited: The Cold War, Islamic Legitimacy, and U.S.-Saudi Relations

Dr. Nathan Citino, Rice University

Dr. Nathan Citino

Dr. Nathan Citino

He is an associate professor of history at Rice University. He is a historian of the U.S. and the World, specializing in the Middle East. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, completed an Arabic language program at the University of Chicago, and received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is the author of From Arab Nationalism to OPEC:  Eisenhower, King Sa‘ud, and the Making of US – Saudi Relations as well as articles published in Diplomacy & Statecraft,  the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Business History Review, the Arab Studies Journal, and Cold War History. His chapter on U.S.-Iraqi relations appears in a volume published in Harvard’s Cold War Studies Series, and his essay on frontiers and borderlands will be included in an updated edition of Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations. Citino’s second book,  Envisioning the Arab Future:  Modernization in US-Arab Relations, 1945-1967, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. From 2001-2013, Dr. Citino was associate editor of Diplomatic History. He has also served on the board of editors of the International Journal of Middle East Studies. In 2011-12, he received a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and in fall 2014 he was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University.

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