Saudi Arabia and the New Middle East Cold War
Dr. Toby Jones, Rutgers University
August 28, 2016 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
**Online registration will close on Saturday at 5 pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door (cash and check only).**
Saudi Arabia and Iran have emerged as the Middle East’s most powerful countries. Driven partly by mutual enmity and partly by suspicion, Riyadh and Tehran have increasingly sought to contain and confront one another on battlegrounds across the region, from Yemen to Syria. What drives Saudi Arabia’s fears about Iran? How is the kingdom pursuing its interests and at what cost? +More Info
9/11: Fifteen Years Later – The World Trade Center and Fall of a Global Symbol
Dr. Brian Goldstein, UNM
September 11, 2016 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History
The World Trade Center developed into a celebrated global symbol, but so too did that symbolic status contribute to its eventual demise. Yet recent efforts to rebuild the center’s site have not denied this status amidst a changing geopolitical context. Dr. Goldstein’s talk will trace the history of this most iconic global symbol. +More Info
Five Years after the Arab Uprisings: Are Autocracy or Anarchy the Only Options?
Dr. Nathan Brown, George Washington University
September 30, 2016 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Brown will discuss the consequences of the 2011 Arab uprisings. Did the uprisings fail? Is there any hope for healthier and more democratic political systems in the Arab world? +More Info