1979: The Year That Made the Modern Middle East
Robert Jacobs, longtime Fauquier County educator and adjunct professor of history at James Madison University, will discuss the happenings of 1979 that shaped policy in the Middle East and beyond.
According to Jacobs, “Three events transpired in 1979 that fundamentally shaped policy and events in that region and the world for the next forty years. Distracted by the Iranian hostage crisis, the U.S. failed to fully understand the import of critical events unfolding elsewhere that would lead to catastrophe on September 11, 2001. In a pre-internet era, events of tremendous significance took place beyond the notice of the U.S. and most of its allies. An examination of these events will explain what subsequently happened and much of what is still happening in the Middle East today.”
Robert Jacobs lives in Warrenton, Virginia. He taught and worked in administration in Fauquier and Frederick County Public Schools for 38 years, and was an adjunct professor of history from 1980 until 2015 at James Madison University.
Sunday, August 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
John Barton Payne bldg., Warrenton
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