Juan Cole on Gaza to Iraq: Can Obama End the Other Occupation?

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Date/Time: 13/02/2009 12:00 am

Alwan for the Arts Presents:
Lecture: Juan Cole on Gaza to Iraq: Can Obama End the Other Occupation?
Friday, February 13, 2009 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
Free and Open to the Public
The Arab world has faced two military occupations in the twenty-first century, the Israeli in Gaza and the West Bank, and the American in Iraq. Such occupations produce resistance but also displacement, expropriation, denial of human dignity and sovereignty and a death toll for civilians. The Obama administration says it is committed to ending the Iraq occupation, and to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What challenges will it face in doing so, and what would be the consequences of failure?
Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World and he also recently authored Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East. He has been a regular guest on PBS’s Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now! and many others. He has also given many radio and press interviews.
Cole has written extensively about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has commented extensively on the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the increasing conflict with Iran. He has a regular column at Salon.com. Cole continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shi`ite. He commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads some Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. Cole is President of the Global Americana Institute, a non-profit project that aims to translate important books by great Americans and about America into Arabic. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for nearly 10 years, and continues to travel widely there.
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