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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.