The Modern Middle East

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The Modern Middle East

JUL 14 – AUG 18

This series of six lectures surveys the history of 
the Middle East since the turn of the 20th century

Presented by

Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D.

(There is also a special pre-series lecture, 
presented by Naeem Zafar, on Saturday, July 7 ~ 
see description at the end of this article) 
JULY 14: The Eastern Question (1900-1936)

The Ottoman decision to enter the First World War on the side of the Central Powers had long-ranging consequences on the conduct of the war, and on the successor states of the region and the more distant powers who sought to maintain order and wield influence among them. TICKETS

JULY 21: The Wars of Israeli Independence (1936–1956)

The emergence of Israel from the wreckage of the world wars, and in the face of unrelenting opposition from its Arab neighbors, transformed the politics of the Middle East. Relative to the scale of violence involved, few military outcomes have been more significant. TICKETS

JULY 28: The Suez Crisis and the Six-Days War (1956–1970)

The 1960s witnessed the emergence of Israel as the dominant military power in the Middle East, a development heralded by its performance in the Suez Crisis of 1956, and placed beyond doubt by its crushing victory in 1967. It was during this period that the enduring alliance between Israel and the United States first developed. TICKETS

AUGUST 4: The October War and the Peace Process (1970– )

The Arab-Israeli War of 1973 created conditions for negotiated settlements between Israel and its major Arab opponents. The “cold peace” that followed has continued to be marked by periodic and sometimes serious violence, whose outcome is difficult to foresee. TICKETS

AUGUST 11: The Oil Wars (1980–2000)

Before the 1980s the United States had never committed significant military forces in the Middle East. Since then its political and military presence in the region has grown immense. This lecture will consider how this happened. TICKETS

AUGUST 18: Islamism and the War on Terror (2001– )

The violent history of the Middle East in the twentieth century has given rise to much religiously-inflected social violence and terrorism, whose immediate object has been the authoritarian regimes that succeeded the Ottomans. As the military and political reach of these movements has expanded, however, so too has their significance for outsiders. TICKETS

JULY 7: The Crisis in Turkey

The Turkish Republic has led the Muslim world as a stable, Western-engaged democracy. But the events in recent years have threatened what had been a beacon of modern Islam. Presented by Professor Naeem Zafar. TICKETS


(Doors open at 6:15PM for wine, goodies, and dessert.)

TICKETS: $30 per lecture

Purchase tickets online using the TICKETS links above

or call (408) 864-4060 (M – F, 10AM – 6PM)


Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., is Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca. He was educated at Yale and Stanford Universities, and has also been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Dr. Moran teaches courses and supervises doctoral research in strategic theory, American foreign relations, and the history of war and international relations since the end of the 19th century.  

Naeem Zafar is a Dean’s Teaching Fellow and a member of the faculty at the University of California Berkeley, and Professor of the Practice at Brown University. He teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Technology Strategy, Innovation and New Venture Finance at Brown and Berkeley.  Naeem is the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, and has authored five books on entrepreneurship.  

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