Due to unavoidable circumstances, the lecture has been postponed. We will post a notice when the event has been rescheduled.
A talk by former Ambassador Mark Hambley
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 6:30–7:45 pm
Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker St., Springfield
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The majority of stories coming from the Middle East that dominate America’s news media have not been good news. The headlines and images during many bloody decades of wars have been filled with extreme violence, religious intolerance, poverty, frightened refugees, and battle scarred towns and cities.
Springfield resident Mark Hambley, former American ambassador in the Middle East and who still visits frequently in the context of his current duties, will share some of his thoughts about this very troubled area of the world.
Mr. Hambley’s impressive diplomatic resume includes representing America in numerous Middle Eastern countries including Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt. His current duties take him to these countries as well as Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, the Gulf, and on occasion, to Syria several times a year. For more information about Ambassador Hambley, please see this MassLive article.
Please join him for what we hope will be a valuable opportunity to ease your concerns or increase your disquiet — and perhaps learn a bit more about important Middle Eastern issues than you currently see, hear, or read in the media. These issues might include:
** Can Syria, Israel, Egypt, Afghanistan or Iraq have lasting peace?
** What conditions and political issues have led to the rise of the militant groups ISIS and Al-Qaeda?
** Is war with Iran inevitable?
** Can America and Western countries be part of the solution to bring stability to the Middle East or have they been part of the problem?
A question and answer session will follow the presentation.