The Center for the Study of Citizenship

Past Events

Citizenship and Conflict in the Middle East
October 22, 2004
Edwin Black, Journalist
200 Reuther Library, 11:30 a.m.
Edwin Black is an award-winning New York Times and investigative journalist who has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his most recent book, Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7000-year History of War, Profit, and Conflict .  For this book,  Black led a team of thirty researchers in five countries, accessing more than 100 repositories and securing some 50,000 documents. Black was granted access to the corporate archives of numerous oil companies involved in Iraq and the Middle East. Tracing the involvement of Western governments and militaries, as well as oil, banking, and other corporate interests, Black pinpoints why today, just as throughout modern history, the world needs Iraq's resources-and remains determined to acquire and protect them. During the discussion that follows his presentation, Mr. Black will be addressing the question: Can we succeed in Iraq? Note: This is a brown-bag lecture - please feel free to bring your lunch.