Bexley News

'Current' series delves into issues in Iraq


The Bexley Public Library will host a discussion that will present a historical perspective on the current crisis in Iraq at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

The free discussion, taking place in the library auditorium, is a part of "The Current," a new series of library programs on current events.

"The library plays a critical role in helping residents to stay informed about what is happening in the world around us," said Library Director Rachel Rubin. "We are fortunate to have access to nationally recognized scholars and practitioners who are willing to share their expertise with our community. 'The Current' offers patrons the opportunity to explore current events in depth with an expert guide."

Peter Hahn, chairman of Ohio State University's Department of History and an internationally recognized Middle East and international scholar, will lead "The Current Crisis in Iraq in Historical Perspective" discussion. His presentation will examine the situation in the Middle East and explore the key factors that have led to the country's most recent political unraveling.

"There is no perfect historical model to apply to today's situations," Hahn said. "Rather, careful study of the historical record will provide frameworks for analyzing present-day challenges and testing the viability of possible solutions."

Hahn specializes in U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East since 1940. His publications include Missions Accomplished?: The United States and Iraq Since World War I and Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945, along with many other books and articles.

Hahn has lectured across the United States and in Canada, Britain, France, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Austria, Russia and Israel. Since 2002, he has served as executive director of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, a professional society of some 1,600 members in four dozen countries.

"I am constantly intrigued by the complexities of the Middle East," Hahn said, "and, with considerable humility, aim to understand those complexities and help my students and others understand them."

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.