Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mideast Expert Graham Fuller Addresses MPAC Convention

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mideast Expert Graham Fuller Addresses MPAC Convention

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More than 800 Middle East enthusiasts attended the 15th annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) on Dec. 5 in the Long Beach Convention Center. The keynote speaker was Graham Fuller, who worked for two decades as a CIA operations officer in the Middle East. He was vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA before retiring and becoming a senior political scientist at Rand Corporation in Santa Monica. He is now teaching history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.

Fuller is author of A World Without Islam, which deals with the relationship between the East and the West. In his book he examines the roots of terrorism, the conflict in Israel, and the role of Islam in waging the anti-imperial struggle. Is Islam a problem and the cause of various international crises? Contrary to popular perceptions, Fuller suggests that the origin of modern-day tensions is geopolitical rather than religious, and that these tensions also would have developed in a world without Islam. …

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