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Middle East Consortium explores impact of oil issues and more in the Middle East

Posted Nov. 30, 2011

The world's need for oil drives many political issues in the Middle East. Toby Jones, the author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia, joins Dan Moulthrop from the Civic Commons for a discussion about oil and politics on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral Commons. Jones will also appear Friday, Dec. 16 for the noontime City Club Friday Forum. 

The Rutgers University's assistant history professor will discuss the political intersection of Saudi Arabia, science, technology, oil politics, war and more in these public events, sponsored by the Northeast Ohio University Consortium for Middle East Studies. 

Jones draws from his research for his recent book and his current book project, America's Oil Wars.  He has published articles in a number of publications—The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Report, Foreign Affairs,Foreign Policy's online magazine among others.

At Rutgers, Jones teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the modern Middle East, and war and revolution in Iran and Iraq.

Four faculty members from local higher education institutions with research interests in the Middle East launched the Northeast Ohio University Consortium for Middle East Studies this fall to provide a framework for some of these world events.  The professors established a series of talks and invited speakers to share information with the public about the arts, culture, history, politics and people of the Middle East.

The consortium came together through the efforts of Pete W. Moore, Case Western Reserve University; Indira Geink, Baldwin-Wallace College;  Neda A.  Zawahri,  Cleveland State University; and Zeinab Abul-Magd, Oberlin College; Zeki Saritoprak, John Carroll University; Joshua Stacher, Kent State University. The College of Communication and Information at Kent State University has partnered with the group in the past.

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