Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

The Middle East and US Foreign Policy

30 October 2008 | 5.30pm - 7:00pm | Seminar

Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building

Part of the Security, Development and Democracy Seminar Series

Co-hosted with Leeds Metropolitan University and Soundings

Speaker: Prof. Gilbert Achar, Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London.

What can US Middle East policy tell us about US foreign policy in general? What are the different implications of theses such as 'The Israel Lobby' and 'It's largely about Oil'? These questions will introduce a brief survey of three phases of US policy in the Middle East – World Wars, Cold War, Globalisation – seen as three stages in the unfolding of US global hegemony. This will lead to a reflection on what the Middle East represents today for US global hegemony: temporary quagmire or fatal quicksand?

Gilbert Achar lived in Beirut before moving to Paris, Berlin and now London, where he is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS. He is the author of many books translated into several languages, including The Clash of Barbarisms (2nd ed., Saqi Books, 2006) and – co-authored with Noam Chomsky – Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy (Penguin, 2008).

About the Speaker:

Gilbert Achar is a Lebanese-French academic, writer, socialist and antiwar activist. He lived in Lebanon until moving to France in 1983. He has taught politics and international relations at the University of Paris VIII and the Marc Bloch Centre in Berlin.

Recent books include:

  • (2006) The Clash of Barbarisms. The Making of the New World Disorder. Saqi Books and Paradigm Publishers.
  • (2004) Eastern Cauldron. Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror. New York: Monthly Review Press.
  • and with Noam Chomsky, (2007) Perilous Power. The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy. Dialogues on Terror, Democracy, War and Justice. Boulder: Hamish Hamilton (Penguin) & Paradigm Publishers.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Location Details

The Michael Sadler Building is located opposite the main University entrance on Woodhouse Lane.

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