Chaos and Promise in the Middle East: the Beirut Bombing and the Israeli-UAE Peace Agreement
with Tim Nolan
This class will include 4 consecutive sessions in October with each lasting about 1 hour. The first two sessions will cover the August 4, 2020 Beirut Port bombing and its resulting political, social, and economic chaos in Lebanon. We will also look at the implications of the bombing on Lebanon’s relationship with Israel and Israel’s arch-enemy Hizballah and Iran. The last two sessions will explore the implications of the August 13, 2020 Israeli-UAE Peace Agreement for both countries, for the rest of the Middle East, and also with the United States. Using Zoom, I plan to show graphics such as maps, photos, video, and other media to portray the content of each class, and I will also share my views on both events and, of course, ask for yours.
Tim Nolan was a CIA intelligence officer until his retirement. Prior to that, he worked for the Saudi Arabian Government and for the UN as a development economist. He has provided intelligence and analysis throughout the Middle East including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, and Egypt. He also lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 17 years where he became familiar with Islam, studied Saudi society, and learned conversational Arabic. He also traveled throughout the region as part of his job and also as a tourist. He has taught many classes at Portland State University, the University of Maryland University College (European Division), and Strayer University.
Oct 9 - 30th, 2020
Fri for 4 weeks from 2:00 - 3:00 pm
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