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February 26 Empire Salon Reminder

A Reminder .... Please join us

for an

Empire Salon

featuring a rare opportunity to discuss with

William R. Polk

his book

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

(Please see attached outstanding book review)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

6:30 p.m.

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

Cocktails and Hors D'ouevres served

If you have not already done so, please RSVP to Lisa Nitze at

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. 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,

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. William Polk
currently lives in France.
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