Origins of the Middle East Conflict – Centennial to the Balfour Declaration of 1917

Instructor:  Charles Mamane

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 Sessions, Wednesdays 4:00-5:30PM March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21
  • Course reading material will be emailed prior to each session.
  • Class limit 15
  • Class is full
  • $20

In this course, we will explore the state of the Middle East and trace its history from the end of the First World War to the present. Many people do not realize that the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East originated during World War I with The Balfour Declaration, which is regarded as one of the most controversial and contested documents in the modern history of the Arab world and has puzzled historians for decades. With this declaration, Britain publicly pledged to establish “a national home for the Jewish people”, but for the Palestinians, it resulted in what they call the Nakba – the Catastrophe.

6 Sessions, Wednesdays 4:00-5:30PM March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21

Course reading material will be emailed prior to each session.

Charles Mamane is an engineer by training, but the history of the Middle East conflict has been his interest and passion for most of his adult life. Born in Morocco, having lived in France, Israel and most recently the United States for the last 50 years, he brings a unique perspective to the history of the Middle East conflict. As a young man, he served in the Israeli Defense Force for 3 years, participating in the Six Day War in1967 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He has a BA in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, a MS in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, and an MBA.