Baker Presents on Sectarianism in the Middle East

Posted on 2/19/2015 4:11:55 PM

Christine Baker delivered a talk on the Sectarian Crisis in the Middle East at St. Andrew’s Village on February 17 as part of the 2015 Great Decisions series on Foreign Policy.

Baker’s talk provided background on the origins of the Sunni-Shi’i split in Islam, discussed the development of sectarian identities, and helped explain the context for the rise of groups such as the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.

There was a lively discussion about foreign policy in the Middle East and the extent to which “sectarianism” is the root cause of contemporary conflicts in the Middle East.

Department of History