Middle East History and Security

Understanding the extremist motivations guiding the 9/11 terrorists requires an examination of the larger context surrounding their beliefs, politics, and culture. These webcasts provide this context with interviews from experts in multiple disciplines.

David Ottaway – Former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post

J. Alexander Their – Director of the Future of Afghanistan Project at the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington, DC, and a former legal advisor to the Afghan government

Vali Nasr – Professor of International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Senior Adjunct Fellow in Middle East Affairs at the Council of Foreign Relations

Nilüfer Göle – Professor of Sociology and Director of Studies at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in Paris

Hassan Abbas – Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center and former Sub-Divisional Police Chief in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province

General John Abizaid - Commander of the United States Central Command from 2003-2007

Thomas Hegghamer – Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defense Research Institute, and author of Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979

Prince El Hassan bin Talal – Prince of Jordan

Bruce Lawrence – Professor of Religion and Director of the Islamic Study Center at Duke University, and editor of Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden

Lawrence Wright – New Yorker staff writer and author of Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11"

Bernard Haykel – Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and Director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia

West Point CTC – An academic center housed at West Point, created to educate present and future leaders to better understand the strategy, structure, and ideology of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda

West Point CTC II – An academic center housed at West Point, created to educate present and future leaders to better understand the strategy, structure, and ideology of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda