WBEZ | Fawaz Gerges http://www.wbez.org/tags/fawaz-gerges Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The end of America's Middle East moment? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/end-americas-middle-east-moment-99425 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP100901083566.jpg" title="From left: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II before making statements on the Middle East peace negotiations in Washington, in September of 2010. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>The 2011 Arab Spring shook up the status quo in the Middle East and created an uncertain future for U.S. relations in that mostly unstable part of the world. <a href="http://fgerges.com/">Fawaz Gerges</a>, a long-time <em>Worldview</em> guest and one of the world&rsquo;s top Middle East scholars, delivers his full, sincere assessment of current U.S. relations with the region in his book, <em>Obama and the Middle East: The End of America&#39;s Moment?</em></p><p>This latest book takes up the project Gerges touched upon in his previous book, <em>The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda.</em> (Listen to <a href="../../episode-segments/2011-10-31/fawaz-gerges-talks-about-rise-and-fall-al-qaeda-93638">Gerges discuss the book with <em>Worldview</em></a> in this interview from last October.) As a leading authority on radical ideologies and Muslim extremism, Gerges argued that Western powers have become mired in a &ldquo;terrorism narrative&rdquo; that&#39;s detached from reality. This narrative, he says, perpetuates the false belief that Americans are in danger of another devastating attack by al Qaeda. Ten years out from 9/11, Gerges believes that politicians and special interests use Americans&rsquo; deep-rooted fear of terrorism to further their own agendas.</p><p>Now Gerges reaches back to the post-World War II era to explain the issues that challenge the U.S. in the Middle East. He examines the President Obama&#39;s responses, from negotiations with Israel and Palestine to the current drawdown from Afghanistan and withdrawal from Iraq and the recent U.S./NATO actions in Libya.</p><p>Ultimately, Gerges makes an argument that&rsquo;s quite controversial &ndash; that President Obama&rsquo;s administration marks the end of America&rsquo;s &ldquo;moment&rdquo; in the Middle East, and that despite Obama&rsquo;s efforts to limit the damage done by the Bush years and all that came before them, he might wind up being viewed as the &ldquo;American Gorbachev&rdquo; in the Middle East, presiding over the end of an empire.</p><p>Gerges joins us for the full hour Tuesday.</p></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 10:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/end-americas-middle-east-moment-99425 Worldview 5.22.12 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/worldview-52212-99420 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img a="" alt="" be="" by="" class="image-original_image" coalition.="" forced="" from="" inevitably="" nato="" power="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP110524155279.jpg" title="Tripoli Street, the center of fighting between the rebels and Moammar Gadhafi forces in Misrata, Libya, in May of 2011. (AP/Rodrigo Abd) " u.s.-backed="" /></div><p>On Tuesday, <em>Worldview </em>spends the hour with mid-east scholar <a href="http://fgerges.com/" target="_blank">Fawaz Gerges</a>. His new book, <em>Obama and the Middle East: The End of America&rsquo;s Moment?,</em> dissects Obama&rsquo;s mid-east policy in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Gerges argues that America&rsquo;s influence in the region is declining.</p><p>Do you agree? Call us at <strong>312-923-9239</strong> to join the conversation.</p></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 09:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/worldview-52212-99420 Fawaz Gerges talks about 'The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/fawaz-gerges-talks-about-rise-and-fall-al-qaeda-93638 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-31/alqaeda3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>According to the American counterterrorism establishment, al Qaeda is on the brink of collapse. Officials suggest that with a small number of additional blows, the U.S. can effectively extinguish the Pakistan-based organization that executed the September 11th attacks. For much of the past decade, this outcome was considered a distant and elusive prospect. But many observers sense some cynicism in the government’s assessment of al Qaeda. These individuals insist that the terrorist group has been ineffective and marginalized for years, and is far from a threat today.</p><p><a href="http://fgerges.com/" target="_blank">Fawaz A. Gerges</a> is a professor of Middle Eastern politics and international relations at the London School of Economics. Today, we’re talking to him about his new book, <a href="http://fgerges.com/recent-books.php" target="_blank"><em>The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda</em></a>.</p><p>Fawaz, a leading authority on radical ideologies and Muslim extremism, argues that Western powers have become mired in a “terrorism narrative” that's detached from reality. This narrative, he says, perpetuates the false belief that Americans are in danger of another devastating attack by al Qaeda. Ten years out from 9/11, Fawaz thinks that politicians and special interests use Americans’ deep-rooted fear of terrorism to further their own agendas.</p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/fawaz-gerges-talks-about-rise-and-fall-al-qaeda-93638