October 2014

Friendly Reminder, Please Vote- 2014 SHAFR Election of Officers

SHAFR Members, please remember to vote in the 2014 SHAFR Election of Officers, open until 31 October 2014.

Members will receive postcards and e-mail messages with instructions and passwords needed to vote on-line. Candidate biographies are located within the online ballot. If you did not receive e-notification, please check your spam filter for a message titled “SHAFR Ballot”. (And, if you have already voted, thank you).

Roundup- SHAFR historians on Syria

"Satellite image of Syria in May 2003". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Satellite_image_of_Syria_in_May_2003.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Satellite_image_of_Syria_in_May_2003.jpg

This month in the New York Times, op-eds by SHAFR president Fredrik Logevall and by Jeremi Suri on Syria.

Logevall and Gordon M. Goldstein ask "Will Syria by Obama's Vietnam?", writing that

Mr. Obama, his supporters say, is a “gloomy realist” who has learned history’s lesson: that American military power, no matter how great in relative terms, is ultimately of limited utility in conflicts that are, at their root, political or ideological in nature.