Having explored history and its connections to modern times since 1975, the Winter Lecture Series is one of the most popular lifelong learning programs offered by the University of Washington. For this year's four-part series, "The Good, Bad, & Catastrophic: Lessons from Global & Mideast Crises," the UWAA will partner with the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies to dig deep into the issues that have shaped the modern Middle East--and try to forecast what the region might look like in the wake of the Arab Spring.
The 2010-2011 uprisings left an indelible mark on the region, and the impact will be felt for decades to come. But how did the Middle East get to this point? And what we can we learn from the century of turmoil and crisis that preceded it? These are among the many questions that three UW professors will try to answer throughout the series.
Track #1 ~ (Recorded January 15, 2013) ~ The Global Background to the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
Daniel Chirot, Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Professor Daniel Chirot examines French and British influences leading up to--and in the wake of--World War I. This eventful time saw the fall of a 500-year empire in the Middle East and the reshaping of a region vital to trade and travel. Chirot will look at the rapidly-changing time in Mideast history while examining similar trends today.
Track #2 ~ (Recorded January 22, 2013) ~ From Empre to Nations: The Origins of the Modern Middle East
Re?at Kasaba, Stanley D. Golub Chair and Director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
The end of World War I saw the Middle East and North Africa divided into more than 20 states, laying the groundwork for 50 years of competing ideologies and political struggles. Re?at Kasaba will look at the post-war period, which saw the rise of Gamal Nasser in Egypt, the establishment of the state of Israel, and the onset of the Cold War.
Track #3 ~ (Recorded January 29, 2013) ~ From Revolution to Revolution to Revolution: The U.S. in the Turbulent Middle East
Joel S. Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
The United States became an everyday player in the post-World War II Middle East, just as the region was being reshaped by the Arab-Israeli conflict and Arab nationalism. Professor Joel Migdal will discuss the United States' involvement in the Middle East since World War II, and how it's worked to achieve influence and shape events in that time.
Track #4 ~ (Recorded February 5, 2013) ~ The Middle East Today Roundtable Discussion
Professors Chirot, Kasaba, and Migdal will team up with three panelists (Walid Salem, Nicole Watts and Elizabeth Angell) to discuss the fallout from the Arab Spring and what the future holds for the tumultuous region. Salem has extensive journalism experience and is currently a graduate student in the UW Political Science Department. Watts is an associate professor at San Francisco State University, where she teaches Mideast politics and social movements. Angell is a Ph.D Candidate at Columbia University; her work focuses on Istanbul and how the present day connects to the city's past.