*Author, A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East (Owl Books, 2001)
*University Professor, Boston University
*Distinguished Professor, School for International Service, American University
*Co-Author, War in the Gulf War, 1990-91: The Iraq-Kuwait Conflict and Its Implications (Oxford Univ, 2001)
*Author, Instant Empire: Saddam Hussein's Ambition for Iraq (Mercury House, 1991)
*Former Journalist, The Financial Times
At the end of the first World War, imperial Britain carved out a piece of the Ottoman Empire and named it Iraq. Since then, the government in Baghdad has been ruled by kings, assassins, pawns and tyrants. The history of one nation born out of one war and now facing another. Join Neal Conan for Talk of the Nation from NPR News.
Read the Transcript
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.