CMES Colloquium: Breaking All Borders?: Separatists as Spoilers in Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq

Event time: 
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:00pm
Location: 
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE ), 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Separatist actors gained control over massive territories in Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprising. Seizing the chance for self-rule, they solidified their autonomy at home and undertook ambitious diplomatic gambits abroad. Recent geopolitical shifts have dealt a significant blow to separatist goals and the hopes to alter the Middle East’s famously misshapen borders. But separatists remain politically entrenched and military potent, and they will likely play a crucial role in regional stability.
Ariel I. Ahram is associate professor of government and international affairs at Virginia Tech and the author of Break All the Borders: Separatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Speaker/Performer: 
Ariel Ahram, Virginia Tech University

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