US Foreign Policy in the Middle East | The Challenge of Hezbollah

Events in Tunisia and now in Egypt have defied the status-quo in the Middle East. The recent fall of the pro-Western Hariri government in Lebanon, and the alarming role of Hezbollah in this development, have also challenged America’s interests in the region. While Hezbollah plays a socio-economic and political role in Lebanon, it continues to maintain a strong armed presence hostile not only to Israel and the United States, but also to Lebanon’s and the region’s stability.

On February 28th the Middle East Society will be hosting a lecture by Mara Karlin of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to SAIS, Ms. Karlin was the Levant Director and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Among her various tasks as Levant Director, Ms. Karlin was intimately involved in formulating U.S. policy on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel-Palestinian affairs. Pertaining to Lebanon, she helped build the Lebanese Armed Forces and coordinate nascent defense relations between the U.S. and Lebanon. The lecture will take place at 7pm in the Wolfe University Centre, Room 155, on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus (3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181). Between 6:15pm and 6:45pm, Ms. Karlin will hold a career and graduate school briefing with students.

The event is coordinated in conjunction with the Jewish Community Relations Council, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Hillel Second Generation, and FIU Shalom.

The event is open to the public. Parking is free. For more information call 305-919-5381.