Wrecking the Middle East: the U.S. Role

The United States has been the dominant outside power in the Middle East since the end of the Second World War, but its engagement with the region over that period has often had disastrous consequences, for the U.S. (including the 9/11 attacks) but especially for those on the receiving end of American power. A recent example: the invasion of Iraq opened the way for the rise of ISIS as well as instability and suffering on a catastrophic scale. I’ll discuss why successive U.S. administrations have pursued such counterproductive policies in this part of the world and what better alternatives there might be for our relationship with this complex region.



Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. History Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and of History, New York University.

Zachary Lockman is Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and of History at New York University, where he has taught modern Middle Eastern history for many years. He has conducted research on the history of Egypt, Israel/Palestine and US policy in the Middle East; his most recent book is Contending Visions of the Middle East: the History and Politics of Orientalism.


6:30 PM @ Antibes bistro


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