The Arab Spring held the promise of a new Middle East – more democratic and less prone to violence. But the opposite seems to have happened. Long-smoldering tensions were given the opportunity to flame up again. The unrest in Syria and Egypt are just two examples. Davidson College’s Dr. Jonathan Berkey says all of this can be traced to the Middle Ages and that by looking back we can get a clearer view of the future. He shares that view when Charlotte Talks.
Dr. Jonathan Berkey - James B. Duke Professor of International Studies & Chair of the History Department at Davidson College