Simms Center for the Performing Arts
As we look at the Middle East today, we witness a horrific war in Yemen, a failing Yemen, an ugly tribal feud between Qatar and its tribal neighbors, a bloody civil war in Syria, a raging sectarian proxy war in the Gulf between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, ethnic violence in, and possible dismemberment of, Iraq, continued terrorism, and growing war hysteria across the Gulf and in the Levant. What is even more disturbing is that American diplomacy, as represented by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Department of State, seems to have disengaged from the region. The ensuing vacuum is being filled by Russia, Iran, and Turkey. The lecture will focus on the realities on the ground and on the dangers resulting from American diplomatic disengagement.
Dr. Emile Nakhleh was a Senior Intelligence Service officer and Director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico, and the author of “A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World” and “Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing State.” He has written extensively on Middle East politics, political Islam, radical Sunni ideologies, and terrorism. His recent writings on terrorism and contemporary regional politics are posted on LobeLog.com. Dr. Nakhleh received a BA in Political Science from St. John’s University (MN), an MA in Political Science from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the American University. He and his wife live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Nakhleh was featured in the Sunday, January 14, issue of the Albuquerque Journal. Read the article here.