The Middle East and World War II

Brian Steed
Brian Steed, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Middle East foreign area officer, discusses the Middle East’s emergence during World War II as a key battleground and vital element in America’s national security – a view that persists to this day.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Reception: 
6 pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
Event Audio

The Middle East’s profile in world affairs rose significantly during World War II. Named for its central location in global commerce and historical imperial connections, it became a key battleground for access to the Suez Canal, for supply lines to the Soviet Union—and of course, for oil. Control of the Mediterranean Sea required control of the Middle East and North Africa.

Brian Steed, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Middle East foreign area officer, discusses the perception of the region as a vital element in America’s national security—a view that persists to this day. His presentation is the first in a series of four in 2019 focusing on the Middle East.

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