Texas A&M Scowcroft Institute Hosts Gulf War Lecture

By: Texas A&M
By: Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Jan. 18, 2013 – The Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, will host a lecture and discussion of a new book, Into the Desert – Reflections on the Gulf War edited by Jeffrey A. Engel on Jan. 30. The event will take place at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at 5:30 p.m. Engel, a former faculty member at the Bush School, currently directs the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University.

While many observers regard the Gulf War as an exemplary effort by the international community to lawfully and forcefully hold a regional aggressor in check, interpretations have changed with the times and as a result of the second, far longer war in Iraq. Engel has gathered a number of experienced analysts to reevaluate the first Gulf War, including American Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker; Sir Lawrence Freedman, former foreign policy advisor to Tony Blair; Michael Gordon of the New York Times; Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Middle East specialist Shibley Telhami. Engel and his contributors examine the war's origins, the war itself, its impact within the Arab world, and its long-term impact on military affairs and international relations. President George H.W. Bush has praised the book, calling it “…a must-read for those who care about America’s future role in the Middle East.”

Jeffrey A. Engel is the author or editor of seven books on American foreign policy and his works include The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Cold War at 30,000 Feet, and The China Diary of George H.W. Bush. The lecture is open to the public, and will be followed by an opportunity to meet Engel, purchase a copy of the book and have it signed.

To reserve a seat, contact the Scowcroft Institute at (979) 458-8015.

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