Fri, September 5, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
On 14 July 1958, Iraq began its transformation from a British colonial creation and client state to a fundamental and enduring component of the American presence in the Middle East. The July revolution not only damaged American confidence in Britain's ability to manage regional affairs in the Middle East but also convinced President Eisenhower that the events in Iraq constituted a highly complex interaction of political, economic, and social forces into which decision-makers in Washington had lRoby Barrett is a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington D. C. He has had over thirty years of government, business and academic experience in the Middle East and Africa, providing defense and security policy and technology support to government and aerospace customers. He is a former Foreign Service Officer in the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and is the author of The Greater Middle East and the Cold War (2007).