The Trump Administration and the Middle East: Dissecting the Chaos

Saeed A. Khan

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Saeed A. Khan is Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Near East & Asian Studies and Global Studies at Wayne State University - Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Politics and Culture, and where he also is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship. He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity. With areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics, Prof. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, such as CSpan, NPR, Voice of America, the National Press Club and is a regular panelist on Turning Point.

The first year of the Trump presidency has been marked by considerable rhetoric and by shifts in long standing US foreign policy for the Middle East. Understanding the difference between mere rhetoric and reality matters in a complex, conflict-ridden international hotspot. This lecture will provide a historical survey of America’s role in one of the world’s most volatile areas as well as an analysis of current policy and trends, including assessments of what will be the consequences to regional and global security.

This is the fourth in OLLI’S distinguished lecture series for 2018-19. A total of ten lectures will be presented covering a variety of topics. The next lecture will be January 8, 2019. The topic will be: What To Expect In Health Policy After The 2018 Elections
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  • $10 for an individual lecture, payable at the door, checks preferred. $50 for all 10 lectures through June.

When and Where

Washtenaw Community College. Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building. 4800 Huron River Drive. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

December 2018

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10:00am - 11:30am

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