(FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR LITTLE LECTURES PROGRAM PAGE.) As old conflicts in the Middle East flare up with historic intensity across Israel, Gaza, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, and more areas, it can be difficult for everyday Americans to navigate the complexities of our own involvement in the region. Discussing the present situation through the lens of his own experience and academic study, Dr. Peter Mansoor, colonel, U.S. Army (retired) will review the nuanced landscape of a rapidly evolving international situation. Mansoor served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East during his military career; commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division from 2003 to 2005, including 13 months in combat in Iraq; and concluded his service in 2008 as executive officer to General David Petraeus during the surge period in Iraq. Mansoor is now the General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History at The Ohio State University. His books include Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq, and Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War.