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International Seminar Series: The 2016 Elections and Middle East Policy
Kenneth Cuno, Associate Professor of the UIUC Department of History, will present “The 2016 elections and Middle East policy”
The next president will confront several conflicts and points of tension in the Middle East that affect American interests. Historians are loath to predict what will happen, but looking at the recent trajectory of U.S. policy and that of the main regional actors, we can identify some things as unlikely (Arab-Israeli peace) and other things as likely (continuing conflict and terrorism). We can begin to understand the situation by acknowledging two things. First, the Middle East is no more prone to conflict than any other region – current conflicts are recent, not millennial; sectarianism is produced historically, not ancient. Second, the U.S. has been deeply involved in the region since World War II. It is partly responsible for the current situation, but it cannot change things by unilateral action.
Kenneth M. Cuno teaches the history of the modern Middle East at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a Ph.D. in history at UCLA in 1985, and taught at the American University in Cairo before coming to Illinois in 1990. He is the author of Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt (2015), which received the Albert Hourani Book Prize of the Middle East Studies Association.
In accordance with the International Strategic Plan, Illinois State University is in the process of developing campus-wide global learning goals. This is an exciting time of growth and change for the ISU community. Comprehensive campus internationalization, as it is called, goes far beyond study-abroad trips and international student recruitment. It includes the expansion of internationally-oriented courses, clubs, dining, housing, civic engagement and other activities at our home campus and affiliated locations. This past Spring, the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) dedicated its International Studies Seminar Series to the topics of Global Learning with a focus on Global Engagement. This Fall, we will examine The U.S. Presidential Election, its Global Implications, and its Comparative Perspectives. The International Studies Seminar Series will be held on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm in the Bone Student Center at 100 N. University St., Normal, IL 61761, starting August 31st and ending on November 16th. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are all encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Schmeeckle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 438-2932.
This is part of the continuing International Studies Seminar Series sponsored by the Office of International Studies and Programs. Small snacks will be served.