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A Political History of Pakistan
Professor Oldenburg, a leading scholar of South Asian culture and history, unravels the story of Pakistan, delving into the tumultuous past of this Muslim nation. Carefully examining its struggle to establish a national identity throughout the half-century of its existence, he narrates Pakistan's history from the viewpoint of its Muslim majority population while also explaining the perspectives of those nations with whom Pakistan has been at war.


Iran—A Series of Three E-Seminars
In his three-part series on Iran, Professor Gary Sick introduces us to a nation that is still actively struggling to find its balance between the competing influences of Islam and nationalism, economics and independence, and populism and autocratism. In the first e-seminar in the series, Professor Sick explores Iran's unique form of Islam; in the second he focuses on the tumultuous relationship between the United States and Iran; and in the third, he offers a firsthand account of how America's leadership reacted to the Iranian revolution.

Israeli and Palestinian Nationalism—E-Seminar 3, Wars: Strategies and Outcomes
In this e-seminar, the third in a series of eight, Professor Naomi Weinberger looks at the Arab-Israeli interstate wars of 1967, 1969-70, and 1973. After examining why 1967 in particular was a watershed in the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians as well as a major turning point for Israel's national image, Professor Weinberger looks at the forgotten war, the War of Attrition of 1969-70, and shows how it helped Egypt prepare for the 1973 war.

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Learning Tool

Mapping the Middle East
This extraordinary resource, accompanying Professor Gary Sick's seminar on Islam, revolution and the modern state of Iran, allows viewers to highlight key areas of the Middle East for information about leadership, suffrage and religious make-up. Also included are a quiz and secondary maps about Muslim populations throughout the world by number, percent-of-population, and Shi'a/Sunni breakdown.

The Gulf/2000 Project
This in-depth site was developed at the School of International and Public Affairs. It is designed to make available in a single location a wealth of information on the eight countries of the Persian Gulf region--Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Find maps and detailed information on governments, demographics, human rights, oil and energy resources, and the press in the Gulf region.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This interactive text offers a unique glimpse into events that led to the document's creation and its lasting impact on world history.

Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators
ENTRI is a comprehensive database of environmental treaties and national resource indicators.

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Late 20th Century Genocide and Civil War
Conflicts within nations steadily and dangerously displaced interstate wars as the major sites of collective violence after World War II, says Charles Tilly, the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, in his lecture on March 12, 2002. Later 20th century conflicts increasingly took the form of genocide and civil war, increasing the proportion of civilian death in armed conflict.

The Origins of Current Bush Doctrine on Iraq
Elements of the current Bush foreign policy doctrine, including acting pre-emptively and unilaterally, can been found in President Bush's major speeches post-Sept. 11. Gary Sick, acting director of SIPA's Middle East Institute, traces the origins of Bush's policies back to a Defense Department study that recommends creating proactive strategies to shape the world and argues for the need to prevent the rise of another superpower.

The Fallout from the Enron Scandal
In a discussion sponsored by Columbia Law School's Center for Public Interest on February 13, 2002, panelists Richard Briffault, Jeffery Gordon, Lewis Lowenstein, Cynthia Estlund, and Max Berger considered the impact of the Enron bankruptcy on campaign finance reform, the free market system, auditing practices, pension funds, and the securities industry.

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Faculty Interview

Professor Eric Foner: Future Historians Will Disagree over Analysis of September 11
History Professor Eric Foner predicts that future historians will disagree in their evaluations of the September 11 attacks and their aftermath. It is still too early for historians to analyze and integrate September 11 into concepts of American history, says Foner.

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Journal of International Affairs
A world-renowned single-topic journal on foreign affairs. It's published bi-annually by students at the School of International and Public Affairs.

The official newspaper of the School of International and Public affairs. Several issues a year are released. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for view.

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