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Friday, February 26, 2016

[haw-info] HAW Notes 2/26/16: Saudi Arabia conference; links to recent articles of interest

Reminder of Next Weekend's Saudi Arabia Conference. This is a reminder, especially for people living in the DC-Baltimore area, of the "2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia," organized by Code Pink and co-sponsored by many other antiwar organizations, including Historians Against the War. It will take place at the University of the District of Columbia law school, Saturday-Sunday March 5-6. Information is at http://www.codepink.org/2016saudisummit.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted February 26
The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.

By Gary Sick, LobeLog, posted February 24
"Black swans" is a metaphor for unexpected developments. The author is Mideast scholar and former staff member of the National Security Council.

By William Lambers, History News Network, posted February 23

By Alfred McCoy, TomDispatch.com, posted February 21
The author teaches history at the University of Wisconsin.

By Paul Pillar, The National Interest, posted February 21
The author, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, is a visiting professor at Georgetown University in security studies.

By Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, posted February 19
The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.

By Andrew J. Bacevich, New York Daily News, posted February 15
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston  University.

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, posted February 7

By Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, posted February 2

Suggestions for these occasional lists can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com. As usual, an anonymous reader contributed suggestions for the above list.

Monday, February 22, 2016

[haw-info] March 5-6 Upcoming Antiwar Summit on Saudi-US Relations -Washington DC

From the Steering Committee of Historians Against War
Please be sure to share this message with historians in the Washington DC -Maryland- Virginia area.

Dear Friend,
We encourage you to make your way to Washington DC on March 5-6 for the first-ever 2-day Summit on Saudi Arabia and US-Saudi ties, hosted by CODEPINK, Historians Against War , The Nation Magazine, Institute for Policy Studies, Peace Action, and many others. The new wave of hostilities unleashed by the the January 2 Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr shows how critical it is for us to understand the dynamics of Saudi politics and its effects throughout the Middle East.  

In an effort to keep this accessible to all, the price for the entire conference is only $20 - $100 sliding scale, including lunch.Tickets are available now!

The conference includes a great line up of over 15 confirmed speakers, including Saudi, Yemeni, and Bahraini nationals, keynotes from Chris Hedges and Vijay Prashad, and representatives from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Gulf Institute, and the National Iranian American Council. 

This Summit will address issues such as human rights, Saudi domestic and foreign policy, and the prospects for change inside the Kingdom and in U.S.-Saudi relations.
Who Should Attend?
You should attend if you:
  • Want to learn about the roots and spread of Islamic extremism.
  • Seek solutions to violence in the Middle East.
  • Support a US foreign policy that is based on respect for human rights.
  • Oppose global weapons proliferation. 
  • Are working to end our dependence on fossil fuels
At the Summit on Saudi Arabia, you will learn about a country that is such a close ally of the US government and business community but is at the root of many of the problems plaguing the Middle East. By attending keynotes, panel discussions and workshops by people who are from the region or have spent time there, you will gain tools and information to speak about these issues in your community and become an active part of a network of change-makers seeking to influence the nature of US-Saudi ties. 
$20 - $100 sliding scale, including lunch. 
Any Questions?
Please email Aida at aida@codepink.org
Don't forget to join our Facebook event, where we will also