The Middle East Archive Project

Romaisa Baddar and Daleen Saah
Feb 18, 2022 at - | ONLINE

The Arab World has been framed in many diverging ways, often lacking the truth in identity. Over time, photographers have shared their own perspective, sometimes influenced by their own understanding of the culture.…

Militarized Borders and the Politics of Immigration in the 21st Century

Osman Balkan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College
Feb 23, 2022 at | Virtual with a Possible In-Person Option TBD

In recent decades, countries around the world have instituted increasingly harsh measures, including militarized borders, offshore detention facilities, and pushback operations, to deter people from accessing their…

Should I Stay or Should I Go: The Arc of American Power in the Middle East

Sean Yom, Associate Professor of Political Science, Temple University
Mar 2, 2022 at | Virtual with a Possible In-Person Option TBD

Is the United States pulling out of the Middle East after more than a half-century of domination -- and if so, what will be the ultimate implications?  This lecture critically assesses the popular assumption that the US…


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