Presentation Title

The Oasis and the Quicksand: Understanding the Effects of President Obama's Military Engagement in Iraq on Arab Americans in California

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

Watkins 2240

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

Rhetoric emphasized in the recent election cycle, and which mirrors a supposed Clash of Civilization (Huntington: 1993), has increased hate crimes and the rise of Islamophobia against Muslims; adding to a myriad of other factors which not only effect the United States and the Middle East, but also those who are seemingly caught in the crossfires – Arab Americans. This presentation will discuss and analyzes the trends of U.S. Military Engagement within Iraq under the Obama Presidency through the framework of Identity and Power Theory (Nau: 2002). This framework calls for the dissection of how foreign policy trends create for national and cultural identities by understanding each actor's respective internal identity developed over the course of their domestic and international affairs. This presentation explores a deeper understanding of the political consciousness of Arab Americans who were coming of age during this time of U.S. military engagement within Iraq, giving an opportunity for the development of youth counter-narratives to dissect aspects of their national identity, essentially showcasing how U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East directly impacts and helps shape the experiences of particular members domestically within the United States.

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The Oasis and the Quicksand: Understanding the Effects of President Obama's Military Engagement in Iraq on Arab Americans in California

Watkins 2240

Rhetoric emphasized in the recent election cycle, and which mirrors a supposed Clash of Civilization (Huntington: 1993), has increased hate crimes and the rise of Islamophobia against Muslims; adding to a myriad of other factors which not only effect the United States and the Middle East, but also those who are seemingly caught in the crossfires – Arab Americans. This presentation will discuss and analyzes the trends of U.S. Military Engagement within Iraq under the Obama Presidency through the framework of Identity and Power Theory (Nau: 2002). This framework calls for the dissection of how foreign policy trends create for national and cultural identities by understanding each actor's respective internal identity developed over the course of their domestic and international affairs. This presentation explores a deeper understanding of the political consciousness of Arab Americans who were coming of age during this time of U.S. military engagement within Iraq, giving an opportunity for the development of youth counter-narratives to dissect aspects of their national identity, essentially showcasing how U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East directly impacts and helps shape the experiences of particular members domestically within the United States.