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EVENT CANCELED: The Benghazi Attack and Its Aftermath: A former diplomat reflects on US Policy in the Middle East since 9/11 by Dr. Ethan Chorin

October 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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The Program for Middle East Studies, Department of Modern Languages
and Classics, and Department of Political Science 
at the University of Alabama

invite you to a presentation 

The Benghazi Attack and Its Aftermath:
A former diplomat reflects on US Policy in the Middle East since 9/11


Dr. Ethan Chorin

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
3pm to 5pm in Bevill Room 9

The talk looks explores US foreign policy from 9/11 to the present, as seen from the perspective of the “the other 9/11”, the terrorist attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The attack killed the US Ambassador and three other Americans and then produced an unprecedented media circus.  Republicans claimed it was an Obama administration coverup of a foreign policy disaster, or worse; democrats claimed it was a witch-hunt to sabotage Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. And yet by the time of Donald Trump’s election, many Americans had concluded the Benghazi scandal was just hot air.  Was it?  How could the US find itself so exposed in a conflict that few Americans and even fewer US official understood?  What impact did the attack have on US foreign policy? What is the connection — if any – between the two 9/11s, and between the Benghazi attack and the political and humanitarian catastrophes in Libya, Syria and Yemen that continue to this day? A former US diplomat who was a witness to the attack tackles these questions with an eye towards the high-stakes 2020 election, and against the backdrop of a war-torn region.  

Dr. Ethan Chorin is Perim Associates’ Founding Partner.  As U.S. diplomat he was posted to Libya from 2004-2006 as well as to Washington D.C. and the United Arab Emirates.  He has worked at Shell Oil and the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) and has been affiliated with the Dubai School of Government, Yale University School of Management, the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS). A two-time Fulbright fellow (Jordan, Yemen), Chorin was also a member of the Obama Campaign’s 2008 Foreign Policy Advisory Group, covering Libya and Iran. Dr. Chorin is the author of Exit the Colonel:  The Hidden History of the Libyan Revolution (PublicAffairs, 2012) and Translating Libya (Darf, 2015). He holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in Agricultural and Resource Economics (2000), an MIPS from Stanford University (1993) and a BA from Yale (1991), cum laude, with distinction in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures.  He speaks French, Arabic and Farsi.




October 15, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Bevill Building 9
United States


Waleed Hazbun