Columbia News Video Forum

Middle East Experts Discuss 'The Making of Modern Iraq: 1915-1925'

A recent conference on "The Making of Modern Iraq, 1915-1925," examines the creation of Iraq by the British after World War I, U.S. policy in the region and possible scenarios for the current reconstruction process. The conference was sponsored by SIPA's Middle East Institute and the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy.

Gary Sick
 
Gary Sick

The Forms of Democracy Are an Empty Vessel Unless There's Power, Says Gary Sick, SIPA's Middle East Institute
According to Gary Sick, "the forms of democracy are an empty vessel unless there's power to go with them." "Unless the [Iraqi people] are really running their affairs" and are allowed to follow causes "not sympathetic to our views, democracy is not going to take hold and it is not going to work," he says.

Real (9:47)Video
David Fromkin
 
David Fromkin

David Fromkin, Boston University, Examines Britain, France and the Diplomatic Agreements
David Fromkin discusses the influence of World War I in the development of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the document that determined the course of French and British control of the Middle East.

Real (17:44)Video
George Gruen
 
George Gruen

George Gruen, Academic, Emphasizes the Importance of Oil and Water in Iraq
George Gruen emphasizes the importance of both oil and water sources in the construction of the Iraqi state after World War I.

Real (18:44)Video
J. C. Hurewitz
 
J. C. Hurewitz

J.C. Hurewitz, Columbia Professor Emeritus, Reflects on the Influence of U.S. Policy in the Creation of the Iraqi State
J.C. Hurewitz speaks about the influence of President Wilson and his ideas of self-determination in the creation of the Iraqi state.

Real (13:20)Video
Judith Yaphe
 
Judith Yaphe

Judith Yaphe, National Defense University, Discusses 'The View from Basra'
Judith Yaphe, former CIA Senior Political Analyst for Iraq, focuses on the "view from Basra" and Southern Iraq's reaction to the war and occupation.

Real (25:21)Video
Lawrence Potter
 
Lawrence Potter

Lawrence Potter, SIPA's Middle East Institute, Reviews 'The Evolution of the Iran-Iraq Border'
Lawrence Potter reviews the evolution of the Iran-Iraq border as well as the persistent tension between the two nations over the Shatt al-Arab region.

Real (20:39)Video
Meberdad Izady
 
Meberdad Izady

Mehrdad Izady, Fordham University, U.S. Joint Operations University, Examines Role of Kurds in the Future of Iraq
Kurds are a very important factor in the future of Iraq and the life of independent Iraq, says Mehrdad Izady. Iraqi's will not live in peace as long as Kurds are ignored, he says.

Real (22:52)Video
Peter Sinnott
 
Peter Sinnott

Peter Sinnott, SIPA, Considers 'Russia from Empire to Revolution'
Peter Sinnott discusses the Russian role in the shaping of the Middle East as well as "the local power vacuum at the end of World War I and the failure of Britain, France, and the United States after the Paris Peace conference."

Real (18:12)Video
Reeva Simon
 
Reeva Simon

Reeva Simon, SIPA's Middle East Institute, Examines 'The View from Baghdad'
Reeva Simon examines the primacy of Baghdad in Iraq and the circumstances of its modern resurgence.

Real (32:02)Video
Sarah Shields
 
Sarah Shields

Sarah Shields, University of North Carolina, Discusses 'The View from Mosul'
Sarah Shields inspects the motives behind the placement of the economically important Mosul region within the Iraqi state by the British and French.

Real (18:38)Video
David Cuthell
 
David Cuthell

David Cuthell, GSAS Student, Offers the View from Turkey
The origin of the Iraqi-Turkish border, through the negotiations of Kemal Ataturk's young Turkish Republic and the waning British Empire, was important as a time when the "Turks became Turks" not Ottomans, says David Cuthell. It was also an important step in the determination of the modern map of the Middle East, he says.

Real (16:11)Video

Shot: Apr 02, 2003
Published: Jun 12, 2003
Last modified:Oct 02, 2003