An Evening with Authors Karl Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac
Discussant and Moderator Faisal Devji
Monday, September 15
6 pm -7:30 pm
Co-Sponsored with the History Department and South Asia Forum at The New School
Kingmakers is the story of how the modern Middle East came to be, told through the lives of the Britons and Americans who shaped it. Some are famous (Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell); others infamous (Harry St. John Philby, father of Kim); some forgotten (Sir Mark Sykes, Israel’s godfather, and A. T. Wilson, the territorial creator of Iraq); some controversial (the CIA’s Miles Copeland and the Pentagon’s Paul Wolfowitz). All helped enthrone rulers in a region whose very name is an Anglo-American invention. As a bonus, we meet the British Empire’s power couple, Lord and Lady Lugard (Flora Shaw): she named Nigeria, he ruled it; she used the power of the Times of London to attempt a regime change in the gold-rich Transvaal. The narrative is character-driven, and the aim is to restore to life the colorful figures who for good or ill gave us the Middle East in which Americans are enmeshed today. More information is available at
Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac are authors of twelve books and many articles. Kingmakers completes their trilogy on the theme of Empire. Karl Meyer, who editedWorld Policy Journal from 2000 until June 2008, is now Editor-at-Large. He is an experienced writer and commentator on international affairs, a senior foreign affairs writer and editorial board member of both The New York Times and The Washington Post. Shareen Blair Brysac, a former producer for CBS News, is the recipient of several Emmys and the Peabody Award. Articles that she has written have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Lear’s Archaology Magazine and Military History Quarterly.
Discussant and moderator Faisal Devji, Assistant Professor of History at The New School, specializes in studies of Islam, globalization, violence and ethics. He is the author of Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity (Cornell University Press, 2005) and The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics, to be published by Columbia University Press in fall of 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
6 pm to 7:30 pm
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Wollman Hall
Enter at 66 West 12th Street and cross the atrium for elevator access
This event is free and open to the public but RSVP is strongly recommended to secure a seat. To RSVP, or call the World Policy Institute events line at 212 481 5005, Option 2



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