WAMM – Middle East Committee

Middle East Tensions and U.S. Connections

Members of WAMM’s Middle East Committee take a regional approach to analysis of tensions and progress toward peace in the area with the superimposed role of the United States always in view. In addition to updates on fluctuating international relationships and volatile situations affecting Syria and Iran, the presentation will focus on the impact of ongoing Israeli/Palestinian relations as a core of widespread Middle Eastern tension. Film clips and first-person accounts by WAMM members who have studied, traveled and lived in the Middle East will provide a textured overview. Background in the dual territorial claims of Israelis and Palestinians will be discussed and illustrated with maps and pictures.

Elizabeth Burr is an active member of the WAMM Middle East Committee with extensive travel and study background in several countries of the Middle East. Liza earned a PhD in Religious Studies from Harvard University. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Catherine and Metropolitan State University in St. Paul where she most recently taught “The World of Islam.”

Margaret Sarfehjooy chairs the Middle East Committee and serves on the WAMM Board of Directors. Professionally, Margaret is Registered Nurse. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East and holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Iran.

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