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The United States in the Middle East: Roots of a Quagmire

Tue September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

A U.S. military vehicle patrols a road near the town of Tal Baydar in the countryside of Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, October 12, 2019. /VCG Photo

Our country has been fighting wars in the Middle East for a generation or more, yet there are still near-daily reports of possible new wars, crises, and security threats. How did we get to this point? Based on first-hand experiences of the facilitator as well as relevant readings and sources, this course will examine the roots of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, focusing on the colonial roots of conflict in the region, the Israel- Palestine issue, and how U.S. interventions have failed to bring peace.

Facilitator: Jeff Klein is a retired local union president who lives in Dorchester. He has spent considerable time in the Middle East since 2004 in Israel-Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Jeff is an activist who has written widely on the history and conflicts in the region and is a frequent public speaker on the topic. He has been teaching a version of this course annually
since 2014.

Dates: 7 Tuesdays, 9/14–10/26
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Format: Lecture (Virtual)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston provides lifelong learning, trips, and social activities for those over age 50. OLLI is affiliated with the national network of learning in retirement programs organized by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

To sign up: https://files.constantcontact.com/d50f97fa001/6be47bf3-c801-4312-a1c8-1cf6409ba4f6.pdf


Tue September 14
10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
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