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Scowcroft Institute Hosts Lecture on New Gulf War Book

February 05, 2013

February 5, 2013

The Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University hosted a lecture on January 30 covering a new book on the first Gulf War written by former Bush School professor Dr. Jeffrey Engel. Engel, now director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, edited Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War and was formerly a professor in the Master’s Program in International Affairs.

The book, sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute, includes views from several noted contributors, who examine and offer different perspectives of the first Gulf War. These include American ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker; Sir Lawrence Freedman, former foreign policy advisor to Tony Blair; Michael Gordon of the New York Times; Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Middle East specialist Shibley Telhami.  These writers cover the war’s origins and unfolding, its impact within the Arab world, and its long-term effect on military affairs and international relations. President George H.W. Bush called the book “… a must-read for those who care about America’s future role in the Middle East.”

Engel offered his own view on the Gulf War as being “…a fundamental pivot point in American history,” and critical to the Middle East’s foreign policy. Following the lecture, former US Ambassador Larry Napper, director of the Scowcroft Institute, and Lt. Gen. Randy House ‘67 (US Army, ret.) participated in a Q&A panel with Engel. Napper and House discussed their views of the Gulf War from their respective positions as a diplomat and as part of the military.

A noted historian, Engel is the author or editor of seven books on American foreign policy, including The Fall of the Berlin Wall, Cold War at 30,000 Feet, and The China Diary of George H.W. Bush.

The Scowcroft Institute promotes policy-oriented research by faculty, students, and visiting scholars in national security and foreign policy as well as other issues in international affairs, and enables collaborative research partnerships with scholars and experts on international affairs. The Institute also provides a locus for faculty, students, and visiting fellows to explore crucial contemporary issues in foreign and national security policy and related aspects of world affairs.