History instructor to lead discussions about the Middle East and the Koreas

May 10, 2016

David Longenbach, instructor in history at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will facilitate two of the Great Decisions 2016 talks on May 11 and June 8. Great Decisions is an eight-part program of the Foreign Policy Association at the Lower Macungie Library in Macungie, Pennsylvania. The events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, call the Lower Macungie Library at 610-966-6864. The two Great Decisions that Longenbach will facilitate are described below:

Middle East Alliances
6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11

From a proxy war in Yemen to an ongoing civil war in Syria, a number of ongoing conflicts have shaken the traditional alliances in the Middle East to their core. As alliances between state and non-state actors in the region are constantly shifting, the U.S. has found itself between a rock and a hard place. In a series of conflicts that are far from being black and white, what can the U.S. do to secure its interests in the region without causing further damage and disruption?

The Koreas
6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8

At the end of World War II, Korea was divided in two. The northern half of the Korean peninsula was occupied by the Soviet Union, the southern by the United States. Today, North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. With such a wide gap, some are asking if unification is possible, even desirable, anymore.

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Last Updated May 11, 2016