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The United States and the Arab Revolts

Chris Toensing, Executive Director of the Middle East Research and Information Project and Editor of its magazine, Middle East Report
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

the Truman administration, the United States has pursued the same strategy in the Middle East, one based on oil, Israel, and stability. The current administration has shown more continuity than change in its policies. Two forces can compel Washington to alter its approach:  the American people and the people of the Middle East. The ongoing ferment in the Arab world, particularly the impasse in Egypt and the civil war in Syria may yet bring about change in U.S. Middle East policy.

Toensing has been executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project and editor of its magazine, Middle East Report, since 2000. He has written for many U.S. newspapers and magazines, has appeared in hundreds of radio and TV programs to discuss Middle East politics and spoken widely in the US on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraq war and U.S. policy in the Middle East. In 2007-2008, he was a member of the Task Force for a Responsible Withdrawal from Iraq. In 2011, he was elected to the board of directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. An Arabic speaker, he lived in Egypt for three years.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Admission: $25, Members $15, Full-time students $5
Registration: Call our office at (216) 781-3730 or click here to register online. 

Location: The Union Club of Cleveland, 1211 Euclid Avenue

Schedule:    6:00 PM Reception with cash bar
                        6:30 PM Program Begins
                        7:30 PM Q&A Session
                        8:00 PM Program Adjourns

Here are four articles that will make good background reading: 


Rashid Khalidi, "Preliminary Observations on the Arab Revolutions of 2011," Critical Inquiry (Summer 2011)

Mona El-Ghobashy, "The Praxis of the Egyptian Revolution," Middle East Report 258 (Spring 2011) 

Hugh Roberts, "The Revolution That Wasn't," London Review of Books, September 12, 2013

Bassam Haddad, "Behind the Regime's Resilience in Syria," in David McMurray and Amanda Ufheil-Somers, eds., The Arab Revolts (IUP, 2013)