The Middle East is one of the world’s key regions and a significant source of current global instability. How did the Middle East come to play such an integral role in world stability and enter such a deep state of flux? This two-day course offers participants a comprehensive introduction to the modern Middle East. It provides the historical background needed to understand the causes of today’s crises and problems, as well as the current key social, political and economic drivers of the Middle East.
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Peter Jones holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from Kings' College, London, and an MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Before joining the University of Ottawa, he served as a senior analyst for the Security and Intelligence Secretariat of the Privy Council of Canada. Previously, he held various positions related to international affairs and security at the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Privy Council Office, and the Department of Defence.
An expert on security in the Middle East and track-two diplomacy, he led the Middle East Security and Arms Control Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden in the 1990s. He is presently leading several Track Two initiatives in South Asia and the Middle East, and is also widely published on Iran. Peter is currently an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.