ON-Lion Letter

In late October, 300 scholars, students and practitioners attended the annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) in Washington, D.C.  ASMEA is an academic society dedicated to promoting the highest standards of research and teaching in Middle Eastern and African studies. 

Supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the conference addressed issues -- such as terrorism, Islamism, and women's and minority rights -- that confront the usual bluster about Western "colonialism," "occupation," and "state terrorism."  

Entitled "For Better or Worse?:  Historical Trends in the Middle East and Africa," the two-and-a-half-day event also included a discussion on U.S. military operations, and it hosted several dozen members of the military and intelligence communities. 

Scholars and policymakers from Kurdistan, as well as researchers of the Kurds, the largest minority group in the Middle East, were plentiful.  Israeli scholars and students were welcomed, in stark contrast to how they are treated by so many other academic associations.

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