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US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From Truman to Trump

A Lecture by Lisa Anderson, Senior Lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University

Monday, February 25, 2019
6:00pm, 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center
Loyola University Maryland
4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

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Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and Messina.  A Messina Stories We Tell and Self and Other event 

About the Lecture: 

This lecture traces the history of American entanglements in the Middle East since World War II, emphasizing the unusual extent to which the region enters American presidential politics, posing unanticipated, and often unwelcome, policy dilemmas and political challenges.  From Israel’s declaration of independence, to the Suez War, the ‘67 and ‘73 wars, the oil price shocks, the Iranian revolution, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, September 11th and the Arab Spring, the Middle East has produced trials for virtually all US administrations.  Why?  What does this history tell us about the US, and about the Middle East, over the seventy-five years?  Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and Messina: A Messina Stories We Tell and Self and Other event

About Lisa Anderson:

Photo of speaker Lisa AndersonLisa Anderson is Senior Lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She served as President of the American University in Cairo for five years, from 2011-2016. Prior to her appointment, she was the University’s provost, a position she had assumed in 2008. She is Dean Emerita of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia, where she led the school from 1997-2007. Her scholarly research includes work on state formation in the Middle East and North Africa, regime change and democratization in developing countries, and social science, academic research and public policy both in the United States and around the world. Her books include The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980 and Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century. For more information, visit:



About the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program:

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar LogoSince 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. The 15 men and women participating during the academic year of 2018-2019 will visit over 90 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, spending two days on each campus and taking full part in the academic life of the institution. They will meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a lecture open to the university/college community and the general public. 

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars for 2018-2019 are: Lisa Anderson, Senior Lecturer, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science, University of Toronto; Susan J. Birren, Professor of Neurobiology, Brandeis University; Laura Brown, John Wendell Anderson Professor of English, Cornell University; Jamsheed Choksy, Distinguished Professor of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University; Nicola M. Courtright, William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art, Amherst College; William Chester Jordan, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton University; Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School, 2018-2019 Carl F. Cranor Visiting Scholar; Edward J. Larson, University Professor of History, Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law, Pepperdine University; Tod Machover, Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media, MIT; Dava J. Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT; Dan Simon, Richard L. and Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Law and Psychology, USC Gould School of Law; Alfred Z. Spector, Chief Technology Officer, Two Sigma; Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics, Georgia State University; Natasha Trethewey, Board of Trustees Professor of English, Northwestern University, 2018-2019 ɸßК-Frank M. Updike Memorial Scholar. 

Founded in 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. 









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