Conversations with History: Institute
of International Studies, UC Berkeley
This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public
Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.
Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute
of International Studies. Our guest today is Shibley Telhami, who holds the
Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. His
publications include Power and Leadership and International Bargaining:
The Path to the Camp David Accords.
- Background ... growing up in a
village ... tension concerning national identity ... influence of father
- Education ... mathematics ...
studying abroad ... philosophy and religion in Berkeley ... Kirkegaard ...
Mideast visit shifts direction of study ... influence of Kenneth Waltz
- Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the
Middle East ... studying the Camp David accords ... distribution
of military and economic power ... exploring the motives of international
actors ... juggling theory and policy ... sense of destiny
- The U.S. Role in the Middle East ...
competing U.S. interests ... explaining support for Israel ... understanding
how U.S. makes foreign policy ... distribution of power in the U.S. ... think
- Seeking a Resolution to the Israel - Palestine
Conflict ... limits to U.S. role ... politicians follow their
constituencies ... changing the political narratives ... powerful acts
- Implications of the Events of September
11, 2001 ... tactical maneuvering ... disempowerment of moderate
majorities ... the fundamentalist threat to common aspirations ... loss
of moderate vision
Telhami's biography at the University of Maryland website.
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