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The Borders of the Middle East Faculty Forum: Rashid Khalidi's "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East"

October 23rd, 2015
12:00 PM


Friday, Oct 23, 2015

Forum for Scholars and Publics, 011 Old Chem

11:00 a.m.

Light lunch served during break @12:00.

A Faculty Forum based on Dr. Rashid Khalidi's book Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East. The format of this event will consist of a brief introduction from Dr. Khaildi followed by comments from five Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members, and a Q&A segment from the audience.
Sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center and co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Duke Department of History, Duke Department of Political Science, UNC-CH Department of History, and the Duke-UNC-CH Consortium for Middle East Studies.
Moderator: Erdag Göknar, DUMESC Director, Duke University, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
Faculty Panel:
Prof. Shai Ginsburg, Duke University Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Prof. Erika Weinthal, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
Prof. Cemil Aydin, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of History
Prof. Fadi Bardawil, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Asian Studies

Rashid Khalidi received his BA from Yale in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. He is author of: Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2013); Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004); Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996); Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986); British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980); and co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982) and The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991).

Rashid Khalidi

Columbia University

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970, and his D.Phil. from Oxford in 1974.  He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.

Erdağ Göknar

Duke University

Photo credit: Les Todd

Erdağ Göknar is Associate Professor of Turkish Studies at Duke University and an award-winning literary translator. He holds a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern studies (Turkish literature and culture) and has published critical articles on Turkish literary culture as well as three book-length translations: Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red; Atiq Rahimi’s Earth and Ashes (from Dari); and A.H. Tanpınar’s A Mind at Peace. He is the co-editor of Mediterranean Passages: Readings from Dido to Derrida (UNC Press, 2008). His most recent project, forthcoming from Routledge, is a book of criticism entitled Secular Blasphemies: Orhan Pamuk and the Politics of the Turkish Novel.

Cemil Aydin

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Cemil Aydin is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interests focus on both Modern Middle Eastern History and Modern Asian history, with an emphasis on the international and intellectual histories of the Ottoman and Japanese Empires. He is particularly interested in historical processes that shape transnational racial and civilizational identities, such as Muslim, Asian, African. His research and publications offer new ways to understand the historical roots of the contemporary world order by describing the process of imperial era conflicts and decolonization, especially from the perspective of non-Western actors of the Muslim world and East Asia. Other research and teaching interests deal with questions of internationalism and orientalism, and modern world history.

Fadi Bardawil

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Fadi Bardawil is Assistant Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an anthropologist (Ph.D Columbia University, 2010) who researches the traditions of intellectual inquiry, practices of public criticism, and modalities of political engagement of contemporary Arab intellectuals, both at home and in the diaspora. In doing so, he investigates theoretical discourses as anthropological objects by tracking their international circulations, translations, analytical uses, and political appropriations. Currently, he is completing In Marxism’s Wake: The Disenchantment of Levantine Intellectuals, a book that examines the ebbing away of Marxist thought and practice through focusing on the intellectual and political trajectories of a generation – born around 1940 – of previously militant, public intellectuals.

Shai Ginsburg

Duke University

Shai Ginsburg is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. His teaching and scholarship address Hebrew Literature, Israeli Cinema, Jewish Cinema, Critical Theory, Film Theory, and Nationalism. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two books.

Erika Weinthal

Duke University

Dr. Weinthal is the Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy and Associate Dean for International Programs. She specializes in global environmental politics and natural resource policies with a particular emphasis on water and energy. The main focus of her research is on the origins and effects of environmental institutions. Her previous research examined the impact of multilateral and bilateral development organizations on water resource management and institution building in the Aral Sea basin in Central Asia. Her research on water politics in conflict regions (e.g. the Gaza Strip in the Middle East) focuses on how the environment might be harnessed for peace building. Her current book project on the resource curse explicates the links between a countrys natural resource base and its institutional capacity through systematically comparing the energy-rich Soviet successor states with other energy-rich developing countries.