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Nation Building and the Challenge in Creating a National Identity

School of International Affairs Lecture Series
Apr 29, 2015
01:00 PM to 02:15 PM
116 Katz

Peter Van Buren, Policy Expert, Middle East Council

Nation builders are those members of a state who take the initiative to develop the national community through government programs, including military conscription and national content mass schooling. Van Buren will examine the obstacles faced when in the process of creating a national identity.  

Peter Van Buren is a retired 24-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State. He spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now in Washington, he writes about Iraq and the Middle East at his blog, We Meant Well. His first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, was published in 2011, and his latest book, Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent, has just been published.

Since leaving the government, Buren’s commentary has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, NPR, Al Jazzeera, Huffington Post, The Nation, TomDispatch, Antiwar.com, American Conservative Magazine, Mother Jones, MichaelMoore.com, Le Monde, Asia Times, The Guardian (UK), Daily Kos, Middle East Online, Guernica and others. He has appeared on the BBC World Service, NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, CurrentTV, HuffPo Live, RT, ITV, Britain’s Channel 4 Viewpoint, CCTV, Voice of America, and more.

This lecture, sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, is free and open to the public.

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