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March 26, 2003

A distinguished panel of history and international affairs faculty from San Francisco State University will examine the immediate effects of the war in Iraq and its long-term ramifications for the region and the rest of world. The forum, free and open to the public, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in Burk Hall room 247.

Moderated by history professor Jules Tygiel, the panel will consider such topics as the historical context of recent developments in Iraq, the notion of a pre-emptive war, the anti-war movement and the future role of the United States in the Middle East.

One goal of the forum, Tygiel says, is to allow for an exchange of ideas on the current state of affairs and “to make more sense of what is going on in the world.” He says it will “give our students a chance to exchange their ideas and have a place to go with their thoughts.”

Tygiel adds that it will also provide a venue for raising larger historical questions such as: “Are we really at a major turning point in American and world history? And have the decisions of the Bush administration led us to a quantum leap from one vision of world order to another vision of world order?”

Panelists will include:

  • Maziar Behrooz, professor of history of the Islamic world
  • Jerald Combs, professor of American diplomatic history
  • Anthony D’Agostino, professor of international history
  • Mary Felstiner, professor of history
  • David Fischer, former U.S. ambassador and SFSU’s diplomat in residence

The event is part of the University’s Year of Civil Discourse, a series of events designed to promote civility and free speech on campus regarding complex subjects such as the Middle East.

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