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Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

  • Dr. Christopher Davidson
Date
Friday 17 February 2017
Time
Location
Campus Leiden University College The Hague
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595DG Den Haag
Room
Auditorium

On February 16 and 17, Christopher Davidson will speak at Leiden University College The Hague.
Christopher Davidson is a Reader in Middle East Politics at Durham University.

Who is to blame for the failure of the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamic State? The answer lies far closer to home than you might dare imagine…

For more than a century successive US and UK governments have sought to thwart nationalist, socialist and pro-democracy movements in the Middle East. Through the Cold War, the ‘War on Terror' and the present era defined by the Islamic State, the Western powers have repeatedly manipulated the region's most powerful actors to ensure the security of their own interests and, in doing so, have given rise to religious politics, sectarian war, bloody counter-revolutions and now one of the most brutal incarnations of Islamic extremism ever seen.

This is the utterly compelling, systematic dissection of Western interference in the Middle East. Christopher Davidson exposes the dark side of our foreign policy - dragging many disturbing facts out into the light for the first time. Most shocking for us today is his assertion that US intelligence agencies continue to regard the Islamic State, like al-Qaeda before it, as a strategic but volatile asset to be wielded against their enemies. 

Date: Thursday 16 February 2017 (please note, this event is only open to LUC The Hague Students)
Time: 17.30 - 19.00
Location: LUC The Hague Auditorium
-Registration Form-

Date: Friday 17 February 2017
Time: 17.30 - 19.00
Location: LUC The Hague Auditorium
-Registration Form-
 

Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

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