The emergence of popular Middle Eastern political opposition movements took many by surprise. The most surprised have been the dictators themselves and international security analysts in western capitals. Both groups claimed to have their fingers on the pulse of the region, and both have proved less reliable than their promotional claims. What has happened and why? Who and what motivates the various movements in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, and Libya? What role, if any, have the US and European powers played?
This talk will analyze regional events of the past year, and conclude with a detailed discussion of the protest movement in Syria.
Michael Provence (above) teaches Middle East history at University of California San Diego (UCSD). He received the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2001. Provence is the current director of the Middle East Studies Programs at UCSD. His research focuses on the colonial and post-colonial Arab world, particularly popular insurgency and nationalism between the World Wars.
Department of History, UC San Diego
Co-sponsor: UA Department of History
Friday, February 3, 2012
3pm in CHAVEZ 111