Michael Cairo is Associate Professor of Political Science at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. His newest title “The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East.” Most students at WKU haven’t known a time when there wasn’t a mention of war in the Middle East.
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During the presidency of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush the United States was led through the turbulent events of the Cold War and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This year marks the 12th year since that horrific day and most people remember vividly where they were when the attacks started. Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden were public enemy’s number one in the mainstream media. The entrance into the war in Iraq received much criticism and echoed anti-war movements from the Vietnam era but with less magnitude. Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Dick Cheney were the center stage of political science debates and taught in university classrooms as an example of “group think” as another critical perspective on how the United States entered into the war. Political gossip led us to believe that George W. Bush was simply finishing the business of George H.W. Bush but Cairo has a very different perspective. He believes that they both had different international strategies; each man took the center stage with unique charisma, and contrasted in their manner of approach to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Cairo will offer a unique insight into both presidencies and their unique way of approaching foreign policy. Come join us on September 19th, 2013 for the WKU Libraries Far Away Places Speaker Series at Barnes and Noble at 7pm. This is a WKU student swipeable free event that is open the the public.