James L. Gelvin is a professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Invasion and occupation is a failure of American policy.

James L. Gelvin, UCLA professor

Gelvin’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East, in particular Greater Syria, during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

He has written several books, including The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know, The Modern Middle East: A History and Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire.

He received the Outstanding Academic Title in 2006 from the American Library Association for The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War.

Gelvin spoke to Empire about the nature of empires, and how liberal interventionists, neocons and anti-interventionists view interventionism.


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