Putin in the Middle East: Conflict and Confusion

Samuel M. Edelman
History / International Relations

Course Description

This program will explore the history of Russian involvement in the Middle East from the Czars, to the U.S.S.R., to Putin. What are Putin’s goals and how is he achieving them? How will Russia balance between their desire to keep Assad in power in Syria and developing alliances with Iran and Turkey while at the same time courting Israel? One of the world's most complicated and confusing conflicts will be addressed.

About the Instructor

  • Samuel M. Edelman, PhD, is the former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and one of the founding faculty members of the Academic Council for Israel. He is also an Academic Fellow and adjunct professor of Israel Studies and Zionism at the University of Miami’s Miller Center for Judaic Studies. He is the former Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Affairs Department. He has served as the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Edelman is also a frequent lecturer on world affairs issues for the high end cruise ship industry.