January 18, 2017 at 7 pm, at the Emanu-El synagogue, UVic history professor, Dr.
Martin Bunton, will launch our series of talks on Israel and the Middle
East with the following subject, “Are colonial borders to blame for the
violence in the Middle East?”
In the face of such volatility in the
Middle East today, there has been increasing debate about redrawing the map of
the Middle East and erasing the century-old borders drawn by the infamous
European diplomats, Sir Marks Sykes and George Picot. Indeed, when ISIS spread
from Syria to Iraq in 2014, it proclaimed the “End of Sykes-Picot”. Yet, where
exactly do the profound challenges to the status quo lie? In the interwar
delineation of colonial borders or in how Arab leaders since WW2 have coped
with those separations? This talk will argue that the most significant
challenge today is to build inclusive societies within those borders and in
meeting the socioeconomic aspirations of the populations growing rapidly within
This promises to be an informative evening so mark your calendars now!
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