Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School; Co-Chair, Colonialism and Mediterranean Europe, CES, Harvard University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
April 24, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Over the past decade, pundits and diplomats alike have repeatedly proposed partition – and its twin, forcible population exchange – as “solutions” to what they depict as inveterate sectarian conflict across the Middle East. In this lecture, Laura Robson explores the twentieth century history of such ideas, suggesting that proposals for partition and population transfer originated not from humanitarian concern for victimized communities but as concrete strategies for European political and military intervention in the Middle East.