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A public forum sponsored by AAUW, features “Furor in the Muslim World,” by Lt. Col. (ret.) Ed Rau. 7-8:30 p.m. March 20 at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room.
Rau will discuss the political situation in the Middle East, especially the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Turkey, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Rau will discuss the historical background, current players, costs of conflicts and possible hopeful outcomes in the context of the differences and similarities among the countries. In light of the continuing turbulence in this area, this will be a most timely presentation.
Rau attended the Defense Intelligence Agency’s area study for Iran and Afghanistan and completed an 11-month course of Farsi (Persian) at the State Department Language School. He was a military attaché at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan (1966-1968). He retired from the Air Force
as Lt. Col. after 27 years. He then graduated from law school and practiced as a trial attorney for 15 years.
He has traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. He was part of a team that observed the NGOs during the famine in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan in 1985.