Monday, April 25, 1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Peter Bechtold
Since December 18, an “unprecedented revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests” have occurred in the Middle East and northern Africa. With revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, culminating in the ouster of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, major uprisings have followed in Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Mauritania.
For over three months, citizens have protested, demanding civil rights, better standards of living, and the ejection of ingrained autocratic regimes. These protests have garnered both attention and concern from around the world.
About the Presenter: Dr. Peter Bechtold
Dr. Peter Bechtold, chairman emeritus, Near East North Africa Area Studies, Foreign Service Institute, will speak to OLLI-UO in Portland members on these revolutions and uprisings. Dr. Bechtold is an award-winning professor of more than 11,000 U.S. government employees (State Department, DOD, Commerce, CIA, FBI, USAID, USIA) in intensive courses and long-term seminars, and has conducted private briefings for numerous ambassadors and flag officers.
He has taught graduate level courses and seminars at the Foreign Service Institute (General Norman Schwarzkopf was a student of Bechtold’s class on the Near East before taking the reins of the U.S. Central Command in 1988), Georgetown, George Washington, John Hopkins, Maryland, and Oregon Universities; Army, Naval, Air War Colleges; Marine Corps and National Defense Universities. Media appearances include MacNeil Lehrer, PBS, CNN, NPR, and overseas radio. Dr. Bechtold received Ph.D.s from Princeton University in Near East studies and political science. (http://www.drbechtold.com/)
This is a lecture not to miss. Friends and family are invited to attend.