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Robert Abzug, Director CLA 2.402, 305 E 23rd St B3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-475-6178

“The Elephant and the Jewish Problem”: Some Reflections on the Current Crisis in the Middle East

Wed, April 13, 2011 • 12:00 PM • Texas Hillel Library, 2105 San Antonio St.

Faculty Student Seminar: A Talk by Dr. Oren B. Barak

The current crisis in several Middle Eastern states (Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain) highlights the pivotal role played by the security sector (the military and the other security services) in the region. However, in recent decades, the security sector in the Arab states—including those that are now making the headlines—has been understudied, a fact that hinders our understanding of its role also in the current crises. In my talk, I will discuss several developments in the study of the security sector in the Middle East, and particularly in Israel and Lebanon, and how they relate to other states in the region.



Oren Barak is a Senior Lecturer at the Departments of Political Science and International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, working on the relationship between the state, society, and the military in the non-Western regions and ethnic & national relations. His recent book is The Lebanese Army: A National Institution in a Divided Society (State University of New York Press, 2009). He also edited Existential Threats and Civil-Security Relations (Lexington Books, 2009, with Gabriel Sheffer) and Militarism and Israeli Society (Indiana University Press, 2010, with Gabriel Sheffer).

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