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February 26 Empire Salon

Correction: Prof. Polk was appointed to the State Department's Policy Planning Council in 1961 in the Kennedy Administration.

Please join us

 

for an

 

Empire Salon

 

featuring a discussion with

 

William R. Polk

 

about his book 

 

Violent Politics: A History of Insurgency, Terrorism & Guerrilla War from the American Revolution to Iraq  

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

 

6:30 p.m.

 

 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 100 (one block off Dupont Circle) 

 

Cocktails and Hors D'ouevres served 

 
 RSVP to Lisa Nitze at lisa@committeefortherepublic.org 
 
William R. Polk studied at Harvard (BA 1951, PhD 1958) and Oxford (BA 1955, MA 1959). At Harvard he helped establish the Middle Eastern Studies Center and taught history, government and Arabic literature. In 1965 he was appointed a Member of the Policy Planning Council by President Kennedy. In that capacity, he was in charge of planning American policy in most of the Islamic world and also served as director of the interdepartmental task force that helped end the Algerian war, negotiated a ceasefire between Egypt and Israel and was a member of the Crisis Management Committee during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In 1965, he resigned from government service to become Professor of History at the University of Chicago. There he also established the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and was a founding director of the Middle Eastern Studies Association. In 1967, he also became President of the Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs.

Among his books on history, world affairs and the Middle East are The United States and the Arab World (Harvard 1965, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1991); Neighbors and Strangers: The Fundamentals of Foreign Affairs (University of Chicago Press, 1997); The Elusive Peace: The Middle East in the Twentieth Century (Croom Helm and St. Martins, 1979); Polk's Folly (Doubleday, 1999, 2000); Understanding Iraq (HarperCollins 2005, 2006); The Birth of America (HarperCollins, 2006); Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now (with former Senator George McGovern, Simon and Schuster, 2006) and Violent Politics: A History of Insurgency, Terrorism & Guerrilla War from the American Revolution to Iraq (HarperCollins, 2007).

He has lectured at many universities and at the U.S. National War College, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the American Foreign Policy Association, and the Soviet Academy of Sciences as well as many civic groups and universities.

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