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Former Washington Post Middle East Bureau Chief to Deliver “Chaos: How the Middle East Got There” Lecture April 9 at Montgomery College

Thomas W. Lippman to Speak at the Rockville Campus 

Thomas W. Lippman, former Middle East bureau chief at the Washington Post, will speak at Montgomery College on Thursday, April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Rockville Campus Technical Center, Room 136. The lecture is titled “Chaos: How the Middle East Got There” and is free and open to the public.

Lippman spent more than 30 years with the Post as a writer, editor, and diplomatic correspondent. Currently, he is a specialist on Saudi Arabia with the Council of Foreign Relations and the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Lippman has written about Middle Eastern affairs and American foreign policy, specializing in Saudi Arabian affairs, U.S.-Saudi relations, and relations between the West and Islam. Throughout the 1990s, he covered foreign policy and national security for the Post, traveling frequently to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. In 2003, he was the principal writer on the war in Iraq for

Prior to his work in the Middle East, he covered the Vietnam War as the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Saigon.

Lippman is the author of numerous magazine articles, book reviews and op-ed columns about Mideast affairs, and of six books: Understanding Islam (1982, 3d revised edition 2002); Egypt After Nasser (1989); Madeleine Albright and the New American Diplomacy (2000); Inside the Mirage: America’s Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia (2004); Arabian Knight: Col .Bill Eddy USMC and the Rise of American Power in the Middle East (2008); and most recently Saudi Arabia on the Edge (2012.)  His latest book, “Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World,” is to be published next winter.

A frequent television and radio commentator on Mideast developments, Lippman has appeared on NPR, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC and Fox News. Several of his lectures on Saudi Arabia have been televised nationally by C-SPAN. He has lectured on Gulf regional affairs at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, and has also lectured on Middle Eastern affairs at the National Defense University and at the Brookings Institution. He has also been also a consultant to the producers of an A&E documentary on Middle East oil, to the U.S. armed forces, to the National Counterterrorism Center, and to corporations that do business in the Gulf.

Lippman is also an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute where he serves as the principal media contact on Saudi Arabia and U.S.-Saudi relations.

Visitors attending the lecture can park in student lots, designated with white lines

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