Pasatiempo - - NEWS - J UAN COLE with Phyl­lis Ben­nis

Tick­ets on sale now What be­gan as a Syr­ian youth re­volt mor­phed into a civil war and then into a set of apoc­a­lyp­tic Mus­lim ex­trem­ist move­ments. Th­ese de­vel­op­ments pro­voked re­gional, fol­lowed by in­ter­na­tional, in­ter­ven­tion by NATO, Saudi Ara­bia, Rus­sia and Iran. Mil­lions of Syr­i­ans have fled abroad, cre­at­ing a Euro­pean refugee cri­sis. How to make sense of this most dev­as­tat­ing con­flict?

— Juan Cole

Juan Cole is a Middle East scholar, dis­tin­guished aca­demic, and com­men­ta­tor who, for three and a half decades, has sought to put the com­plex re­la­tion­ship be­tween the West and the Mus­lim world in his­tor­i­cal con­text. He has writ­ten ex­ten­sively on mod­ern Is­lamic move­ments in Egypt, the Per­sian Gulf and South Asia. He is the au­thor of En­gag­ing the Mus­lim World and, most re­cently, The New Arabs: How the Mil­len­nial Gen­er­a­tion is Chang­ing the Middle East.

He has reg­u­lar col­umns at The Na­tion and Truthdig, and blogs on

In­formed Com­ment at juan­cole.com. He will talk about Syria as a global con­flict: ISIL, Al-Qaeda and in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ven­tion.

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