September 22, 2016,    Marc Lynch, Ph.D., Middle East  expert and faculty member at George Washington University, vividly described the dynamic  political scene that has emerged since Arab Spring protests  began in Tunisia in 2010.  As the author of a new book, “The New Arab Wars:  Anarchy and Uprisings in the Middle East,” his talk was cosponsored by the South Dakota World Affairs Council and the South Dakota Humanities Council  among  events for the Humanity Council’s annual  Festival of Books.

Lynch explained the recent evolution of political scenes in Middle Eastern countries with entrenched governments unwilling or unable to change in response to citizens seeking increased freedom.  The ensuing civil wars in Syria and Yemen have created a refugee crisis without viable solutions.   According to Lynch,  American government practices and policies have vacillated with government insiders and American citizens not knowing what to do.  He predicted that the foreseeable future will continue to be volatile throughout the entire region.  Lynch believes Americans should be better informed about events in the Middle East.  

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Speaker:  Dr. Marc Lynch, George Washington University professor of political science and international affairs

September 22, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm  Crothers Engineering 204

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by South Dakota World Affairs Council and South Dakota Humanities Council

Additional information  South Dakota Humanities Council – 605/688-6113 or www.sdhumanit

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