The Middle East in a Post-COVID World
October 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDTFree
Like every other region of the world, the Middle East will be profoundly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But given the region’s pre-existing schisms and vulnerabilities, the pandemic is likely to have an especially profound impact there. For example: it has placed enormous pressure on the current leadership in Iran, added to the refugee crisis in Syria, and impacted the price of oil (and hence the stability of the oil producing countries). This class will provide participants with background information on the topic and invite questions and wide-ranging discussion.
Trainers: Dr. Michael Klare is Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C.; and Dr. Omar Dahi is a research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and associate professor of economics at Hampshire College. He is the project director of Security in Context, a research and pedagogy initiative that promotes critical research on questions on peace and conflict, the political economy of security and insecurity, militarism, and geopolitics particularly as they intersect with the processes of climate change, population movement, and reorganization of global powers.