Dr. Stephen Zunes gave the keynote address at the University of New Mexico on November 18, 2002 (PR for event) Entitled "The U.S. in the Middle East: Iraq, Terrorism and the Quest for Security," his talk is essentially a primer on U.S. foreign policy towards Iraq. He effectively slices through tenuous justifications for war. It's a fact filed discussion, but exactly the sort of talk that can serve as a good introduction to anyone that hasn't studied recent U.S. Middle East foreign policy. It's ideal as something to share with friends that are interested but not up to speed.
The talk was broadcast on Alternative Radio this week. The attached mp3 runs for just under an hour. It's a large file, but the audio technical quality is high.
Bio: Dr. Stephen Zunes is an associate professor of Politics and chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. He also serves as a senior policy analyst and Middle East editor for the Foreign Policy in Focus Project and as a research associate at the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Zunes, a widely published scholar and media commentator is the author of the highly acclaimed Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (2002). A native of North Carolina who currently resides in Santa Cruz, Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He has since taught and lectured widely, holding faculty positions at Ithaca College, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College. Zunes is an associate editor of Peace Review and is on the governing council of the International Peace Research Association and serves as a consultant and board member for a number of peace and human rights organizations. You can find articles by Zunes in many publications. Google him and you'll be on your way. This one might be of interest: "A U.S. Invasion of Iraq Can Be Stopped," January 16, 2003. Click here for his USF bio page.