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Pomona College Hosts Symposium on "The Sixth War 2006: Israel, Lebanon and the Creation of the 'New Middle East'"

“The Sixth War 2006: Israel, Lebanon and the Creation of the New Middle East” is the subject of a Pomona College symposium, which will examine the causes and the consequences of the war. The symposium will be held on Friday, February 23.

The conflict between Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israeli military began in July 2006 and formally ended Sept. 8, 2006. Within those few months, 1,200 people were killed—most of whom were Lebanese. Lebanese infrastructure collapsed and 975,000 Lebanese and 300,000 Israelis were displaced. Since the U.N.-brokered ceasefire there have been mixed reactions on who gained most in the war.

The “Sixth War” forum will examine whether the war on Lebanon was a war by proxy; the war’s effect on Israeli objectives; Arab states, U.N., U.S. and Europe’s formal and street reactions to the war on Lebanon; and how the war is shaping the New Middle East.

Speakers at the symposium include:

  • As`ad AbuKhalil, author of Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power and professor of politics at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley.
  • Nubar Hovsepian, editor of The War on Lebanon: A Reader (published in spring 2007) and professor of political science and international studies at Chapman University-Orange.
  • Charles D. Smith, author of Palestine and the Arab Israeli Conflict, which is now in its sixth edition. Smith is also professor of modern Middle East history at the University of Arizona.
  • Andrew Winnick, who has written and spoken widely on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the history of Iran and is professor of economics and statistics at California State University, Los Angeles.
  • Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud, organizer and moderator, is a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Politics Department at Pomona College and is professor of Middle East politics and the Israeli-Arab conflict.

This event will be held from 1-3 p.m. in room 101 of the Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), and is sponsored by Pomona College’s Politics Department and International Relations Program.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.