CEMAT hosts lecture on "Why is the Everywhere War Mostly in Middle East and North Africa"
12/09/2019 16:47, TUNIS/Tunisia

TAP) - Associate professor from US Colgate University, Jacob Mundy gave, Thursday in Tunis, a lecture on "Why is the Everywhere War Mostly in the Middle East and North Africa".

In this lecture, Mundy explained the reasons behind the huge violence taking place in the MENA, saying oil versus security is being the main catalyst.

Talking about the seriousness of wars, the guest speaker noted that Syria witnessed the deadliest conflict since the end of the cold war followed by Iraq and Sudan, adding that the Middle East and North Africa has been the epicentre of terrorism events since the Arab Spring.

These countries witnessed the highest number of drone strikes and combat operations, Mundy said, adding that refugees are always the first victims of these conflicts.

Talking about US expenditures, the associate professor noted that the US spent around $ 6 trillion on the Iraqi war, while Afghanistan cost the US, by 2014, more than the Marshall Plan.

The US spent more money on counter-terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq than it had spent on Europe as part of its reconstruction plan after WWII, he emphasised.

On the other hand, Mundy said the highest number of US casualties were in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In a statement to TAP, Mundy talked about the impact of the Libyan crisis on Tunisia, particularly on its economy.

This includes the rise of the black market namely the smuggling of oil and weapons across the Tunisian-Libyan borders.

The lecture, which was hosted by the Institute for Maghreb Studies in Tunis (CEMAT), was attended by journalists, university teachers and exchange prorgramme students from the US.

Jacob Mundy is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Programme at Colgate University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tunis during the 2018-2019 academic year and a research affiliate with CEMAT.

The Centre for Maghreb Studies in Tunis (CEMAT), which is the overseas research center of the American Institute for Maghreb studies (AIMS), hosts lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions on themes related to the Maghreb region.

It also fosters a variety of scholarly interactions between Tunisian and American and among Maghrebi scholars.

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