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Robert Satloff: “Out of Crisis, Opportunity? War and Peace in Post-Oct 7 Middle East”

Monday, April 08, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Robert Satloff

Middle East policy expert, Robert Satloff (T'83), returns to Duke in a moderated discussion entitled "Out of Crisis, Opportunity? War and Peace in Post-October 7 Middle East" with Professor Bruce Jentleson, as part of the Provost's Initiative on the Middle East, and cosponsored by American Grand Strategy, the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Jewish Life at Duke, and Students Supporting Israel.

Robert Satloff is an American historian on Arab and Islamic politics, U.S.-Israel relations, and the Middle East and is the Segal Executive Director of The Washington Institute, a post he assumed in January 1993. In that capacity, he oversees all Institute operations and leads the organization's unparalleled team of Middle East scholars, experts and policy practitioners. He also holds the Institute's Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy.

An expert on Arab and Islamic politics as well as U.S. Middle East policy, Dr. Satloff has written and spoken widely on the Arab-Israeli peace process, the challenge of Political Islam, and the need to revamp U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East.

During his time abroad, Dr. Satloff's personal research focused on unearthing stories of Arab "heroes" and "villains" of the Holocaust, drawing on archives, interviews, and site visits in eleven countries on four continents. His discoveries, which helped convince the German government to award compensation to Jewish survivors of labor camps in North Africa, are the subject of his bestselling book, Among the Righteous: Lost Stories of the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands (PublicAffairs, 2006). In 2010, PBS aired a one-hour documentary hosted by Dr. Satloff and produced with MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, based on Among the Righteous.

The author or editor of nine books and monographs, Dr. Satloff's views on Middle East issues appear frequently in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A frequent commentator on major television network news programs, talk shows, and National Public Radio, he has testified on numerous occasions to Senate and House committees concerned with U.S. Middle East policy.

In addition, Dr. Satloff is the creator and host of Dakhil Washington ("Inside Washington"), a news and interview program that has appeared weekly since 2005 on al-Hurra. Dr. Satloff has a BA from Duke University, an MA from Harvard University and a PhD from St. Antony's College, Oxford.