2022 World Affairs Council of the Year
Network of Independent World Affairs Councils of America

Event: Middle East Expert Thomas Lippman at Belmont Public Forum



Presented by
The Tennessee World Affairs Council
The Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter, UNA-USA
The Belmont University Center for International Business


Monday, November 7, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Belmont University Frist Lecture Hall (4th Floor)
Inman Building
900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville

Parking available in the Inman Building Parking Garage
Free–Everyone welcome!

  • What are the implications of the Saudi Arabia-US relations in the context of the “Arab Spring”?
  • What are the implications of recent US Justice Department charges that Iranian officials conspired to assassinate the Saudi Ambassdor to the US?
  • Are they upheaval in the Arab World? Potential conflict between Iran and America’s Gulf allies?
Thomas Lippman
Thomas Lippman

Mr. Lippman, a well-known journalist, author and scholar will help us understand the answer to these questions. He will discuss contemporary Middle East politics and U.S. foreign policy, focused on Saudi Arabia and its relationship with the United States in the context of both the Arab Spring and Iran.

Thomas W. Lippman is adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Washington, DC- based author and journalist who has written about Middle Eastern affairs and American foreign policy for more than three decades, specializing in Saudi Arabian affairs, U.S. – Saudi relations, and relations between the West and Islam. Lippman is also a former Middle East bureau chief of the Washington Post and, throughout the 1990s, 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 Washingtonpost.com. 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 five 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), and most recently
  • Arabian Knight: Col.Bill Eddy USMC and the Rise of American Power in the Middle East (2008).

He is also the author of the essay on Saudi Arabia’s defense strategy and nuclear weapons policy published in 2004 by the Brookings Institution Press in The Nuclear Tipping Point, a book on global nuclear proliferation.

Thomas Lippman is currently a member of a study group on Saudi Arabia convened jointly by Princeton University and the Institute des Sciences Politiques in France and a frequent television and radio commentator on Mideast developments. In recent years he has been a lecturer on Middle Eastern affairs at the National Defense University and at the Brookings Institution, a member of a task force on the future of the Balkans at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a member of CFR’s study group on Saudi-U.S. relations.  More about Mr. Lippman (LINK)


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