Ambassador Dennis Ross to speak on Middle East challenges

With a new administration in Washington raising questions about the future of U.S. Middle East policy, expect an Indiana University Bloomington lecture by Ambassador Dennis Ross to provide insight on what to expect. Ross, a key figure in developing, implementing and analyzing U.S. policies in the Middle East for nearly three decades, will speak on […]

Scholar: Islamic State ‘twists and manipulates’ jihad, Muslim history

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre The promises of the Islamic State continue to attract young Muslims from around the world to fight under a declared combative jihad. By appropriating a new and broader reference to jihad, which traditionally refers to self-defense in the face of an imminent outside threat or an internal struggle, […]

Like it or not, US must engage with Middle East, panelists say

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Foreign policy decisions never exist in a bubble. Whichever presidential candidate takes office in 2017 will inherit, willingly or not, a Middle Eastern geopolitical scene with not only competing regional players but also a history of conflicting American policies. Future policymakers will be forced to follow a series […]

Syrian scholar explores deterioration from democracy to dictatorship

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre While consolidated authoritarian rule and devastating civil war color the Levant’s modern landscape, Syria’s history offers a glimmer of what could have been. “The democratic years,” 1954 to 1958, exemplify the easily forgotten reality of a Syria enjoying free speech, free press and free elections. The consolidation of […]

‘Bacha bazi’ presents cultural challenges for U.S. troops

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre On the coattails of a September New York Times article that seriously questioned the U.S. foreign policy position to ignore the practice of bacha bazi in Afghanistan, IU undergraduate and former U.S. Marine Miles Vining shared his experience regarding the gap between high-level policy and the reality of […]

Middle East expert to speak Wednesday on Iranian politics, religion and the nuclear weapons

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, will kick off the Iran nuclear agreement lecture series at Indiana University Bloomington this Wednesday, Sept 30. After a summer filled with partisan politics and a power struggle over a nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan […]

Legal and policy experts to discuss accountability and decisions in Middle East

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: Foreign policy is often shrouded in mystery behind the closed doors of Washington’s intelligence agencies. But members of Congress — the officials we elect and imbue with power — also play a role in deciding U.S. policy in the Middle East. And with civil war wreaking havoc in the […]

Midwest consul general of Israel to speak at IU Bloomington

What does the current conflict and unrest in the Middle East look like from the perspective of Israel? Indiana University Bloomington students, faculty and staff and community residents will get a first-hand report on the topic this week. Roey Gilad, general consul of Israel to the Midwest, will speak on “A View of the Middle […]