By Sama El Feky and Amina El Farnawany
Gerges is not just a professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science, University of Oxford but he is also a holder of the Emirates Professorship in Contemporary Middle East Studies. Gerges, one of the top Middle East’s scholars, was the inaugural director of the LSE Middle East Centre from 2010 until 2013.
A former regular Middle East analyst for ABC News, Gerges, appeared on many famous shows including The Charlie Rose Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He wrote many books including The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda, Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment?, and The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World.
During his lecture, Gerges focused mainly on the foreign policy of the United States. He demonstrated the point that the United States does not want to be involved with the Middle East. He used phrases like ‘uninterested’ to describe how Obama feels towards this region. However, he mentioned Obama’s interest in Iran due to the fact that it is the most important nuclear portfolio at the moment.
Gerges shared his opinion on the issue of the Middle East and the United States by saying that the Middle East should not wait for the United States’ intervention in matters. “It’s about time we take ownership and stand up for our region,” said Gerges. He later on shared his opinion on Egypt who he has been paying close attention to. “If you really want to know the situation in the Arab World, always look at Egypt. I teach my students, wherever Egypt goes, the Arab World follows,” said Gerges.
Gerges did not just cover the topic of the lecture but he also humbly answered questions from the AUC audience.