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Whither Syria? Historian Gelvin Looks at Arab Uprisings

Whither Syria? Historian Gelvin Looks at Arab Uprisings

UCLA Professor of History James Gelvin told an audience on campus on May 25 that the overthrow of Syria's regime amid unrest is possible but "highly unlikely," because Bashar al-Assad has a hold on power unlike that of Egypt's Mubarak and others. Listen to an audio podcast of the talk.

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Duration: 1:03:29

The idea of an Arab "wave" takes away from the actual heroism of the people who get up in the morning and decide, "I am going to face the tanks."

James L. Gelvin is professor of modern Middle Eastern history at UCLA. He was graduated from Columbia University (A.B.), the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (M.I.A.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.). He has taught at Boston College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the American University in Beirut. A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (University of California Press, 1998), The Modern Middle East: A History (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2007, 2011), The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2007), along with numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He is currently working on a book about the current uprisings in the Arab Middle East for Oxford University Press.

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