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Post-ISIS Iraq and the Sunni–Shia Geopolitical Rivalry

Professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi

As of the close of 2017, the Middle East has witnessed the civil war in Syria nearing a tenuous conclusion and ISIS being expelled from its main urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq. Yet conflicts that exploit the Shia-Sunni divide will persist in the region and tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran over Lebanon and Yemen have only escalated. This lecture will examine how sectarian differences are mobilized in this geopolitical rivalry in the region and how they may evolve in 2018.

Instructor: Ibrahim Al-Marashi is Associate Professor of Middle East History at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). He obtained his doctorate in Modern History at the University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. His research focuses on twentieth-century Iraqi history, particularly regime resilience, civil-military relations, and state-sponsored violence during the Ba’athist era from 1968 to 2003. He is the co-author of The Modern History of Iraq, with Phebe Marr (Westview 2016), and A Concise History of the Middle East (Westview, forthcoming 2018).

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70047   Credit: 0 units


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