The first installment of our "How Did We Get Here?" series, featuring UCLA History Professor Dr. James L. Gelvin discussing the modern Middle East.
The "How Did We Get Here?" series aims to provide a broader historical perspective on issues that currently dominate the front page and give attendees context they can use to process international developments. The first in this series will look at the history of the modern Middle East and how it set the stage for today’s interventions in Syria, Yemen, and beyond.
Future events in the series will cover the Middle East, Ukraine and Crimea, and the South China Sea.
Dr. James L. Gelvin, Professor, Department of History, University of California at Los Angeles
James Gelvin is the author of several books on the modern history of the Middle East, including The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know, Israel Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War, and The Modern Middle East: A History. Read more.