Great Decisions #4: The Future of Persian Gulf Security
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About The Event
Join the World Affairs Council of Maine as we explore the Foreign Policy Association’s 2021 Great Decisions.
Session #4: The future of Persian Gulf security, Allison Hodgkins, Interim Executive Director, the World Affairs Council of Maine The Persian Gulf remains tense as the rivalry between the regional powers of Saudi Arabia and Iran continues. Tensions escalated in early 2020 as the United States began to intervene in the Gulf, launching an airstrike that killed two Iranian military commanders. What are the historical influences that have led to these tensions? What role, if any, should the United States play? Is using military force a viable foreign policy option for 2021 and beyond?
About this week's facilitator:
Allison comes to the Council from the American University in Cairo, where she was a member of the faculty in the School of Global Affairs. She also served as the Resident Director for CIEE's Amman, Jordan Study Center, and Academic Director for the School for International Training's Peace and Conflict Studies Program in Jerusalem. Allison has a PhD in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies. She is also a regular contributor to the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and serves on the Board of the New England Arab-American Organization and the Editorial Board for Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Allison spent nearly twenty years living and working in the Middle East, which means she has reasonable fluency in Arabic, some Hebrew, and a significant attitude when it comes to hummus.
What is Great Decisions? Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions is this country’s largest discussion program on world affairs. For over twenty years, our Council has brought these Great Decisions to the state of Maine. We’ve provided hundreds of hours of discussion to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Southern Maine and hosted numerous dinner discussion groups across southern Maine. Click here for more information on our Great Decisions program.
What will each session look like? Each virtual session will last 90 minutes, divided between presentation and discussion. Discussion questions and a suggested reading list will be provided to all registered attendees.
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