The Next President and the Middle East: What should the policy be?
Explore with Professor Ian Lustick
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
22 East Chestnut Hill Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Friday, February 26
Welcome Shabbat and learn together with the Tikkun Olam Chavurah and the event's co-sponsors, Philadelphia Jewish Voice for Peace, Christian-Jewish Allies, Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace, CAIR Philadelphia (Council on American-Islamic Relations)
The Middle East is currently going through several fundamental transformations. From America's past endeavors, we have learned two things:
1. In international politics unintended consequences almost always overwhelm intended consequences.
2. In Washington domestic politics almost always takes precedence over foreign policy.
Keeping in mind both the uncertain and violent transformation of the Middle East we are witnessing, and these two principles, what can the next American President hope to pursue in the region, or is the main challenge simply to avoid becoming involved in a new catastrophe?
Ian S. Lustick is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches comparative politics, international politics, Middle East politics, and evolutionary theory approaches to computer modeling. He is founder and past president of the Association of Israel Studies. His current research focuses on explaining Israel’s failure to pursue a two state solution to the Palestinian problem while it was available and on explaining political cascades and the impact of violence on processes which generate or prevent them.