Iraq-U.S. relations scholar to present BGSU lecture

BOWLING GREEN, O.—A research scholar who has specialized in the U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East will visit Bowling Green State University on April 7 as part of the Gary R. Hess Lecture in Policy History.

Dr. Peter L. Hahn, professor and chair of history at The Ohio State University, will present “Mission Accomplished or Mission Failure? The United States and Iraq Since 1990” from 4-5:30 p.m. in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hahn’s publications include “Missions Accomplished? The United State and Iraq Since World War I,” “Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945,” “Caught in the Middle East: U.S. Policy toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945-1961” and “The United States, Great Britain and Egypt, 1945-1956: Strategy and Diplomacy in the Early Cold War.”

Since 2002, Hahn has served as executive director of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He was associate editor of the journal Diplomatic History from 1991-2002, and in 2010, then-Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed him to a five-year term on the state’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

The Hess Lecture is an annual lectureship held at the initiative of Hess’s former BGSU students to recognize his contributions to the profession and the University during his 45 years of service. A nationally known expert on U.S. foreign relations, he retired in 2009 as a Distinguished Research Professor emeritus.

The lecture is sponsored by the BGSU Department of History and the College of Arts and Sciences.