The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East

WED, MAR 18, 2009 (1:17:29)

Rashid Khalidi discusses his new book, Sowing Crisis: the Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East. For over 45 years in the Cold War, the US 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 the 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 US 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 the preeminent scholar among US historians of the Middle East, he is the author of five major books and more than 75 articles on Middle Eastern history and politics.

+ BIO: Rashid Khalidi

Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, received his BA from Yale in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. He is author of Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004); Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996); Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986); and British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980), and was the co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982) and The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991).

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