Summer intern Melina Dunham recaps the Council’s recent event featuring Shelly Culbertson’s new book about the shifting the shifting dynamics within the New Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.
The Syrian Arab Republic, which gained independence from France in 1946, has recently been swept up by the escalation of the Arab Uprising in the Middle East. Violent clashes between the Syrian government and rebel forces have increased dramatically in the first two months of 2012. According to the CIA World Factbook, as of January … Read More
Happy New Year, everyone! 2012 is off to a snowy start here in Pittsburgh, and this seems like a perfect time to review what has happened over the past 360-some odd days. As always, the global stage was full of tumult and change: 2011 saw the deaths of influential world figures (Warren Christopher, Muammar Gaddafi, … Read More
The topic of this year’s World Affairs Institute is “The Arab Awakening: A Call to Change in the Middle East and Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy.” Because this issue is ever-evolving, we have created a blog with up-to-date information on current affairs in the region. You can find the blog at http://waipittsburgh.wordpress.com — this link … Read More
Today the Summer Seminar welcomed Dr. Christina Michelmore, chair of Chatham University’s History Department who specializes in modern Middle Eastern history, to discuss the Arab Spring and its implications for US Foreign Policy. She began by providing some background on US policy in the region. Traditionally, that policy has been based on two primary interests: … Read More