Monthly Meeting – Thursday, February 15, 2024: THE ISRAELI – PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: CAUSE AND EFFECT

Topic: The Israeli – Palestinian Conflict: Cause and Effect

Speaker: Dr. Larry Goodson and Dr. Chris Bolan


Larry Goodson

Dr. Larry Goodson is Professor of Middle East Studies at the U.S. Army War College, where he is the only person to hold the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security twice (2014-2017, 2004-2007). He was on sabbatical from the War College as a Visiting Fellow in the Changing Character of War Center, Pembroke College, Oxford University. Dr. Goodson has been continually called upon to serve as a regional advisor on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East by senior U.S. military and political leaders. 

Among his other academic appointments, Dr. Goodson taught at the American University in Cairo (1994-2000) and conducted his dissertation field work in Peshawar, Pakistan (1986-1987). Dr. Goodson completed all his academic work at the University of North Carolina. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Afghanistan’s Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban (2001) as well as numerous chapters and articles. Currently, he is writing “The Syrian War: First Great War of the 21st Century. 

Dr. Goodson has lived in Egypt, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and traveled extensively in the Middle East and South Asia, including India, the Gulf countries, North Africa, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Cyprus. He has lectured on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Islam, and the Middle East to audiences at more than 100 universities, schools, and organizations, and has been interviewed more than 1000 times on those subjects since September 11, 2001.

Dr. Chris Bolan is Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Army War College where he researched and taught graduate level courses on U.S. national security, foreign policy, and Middle East security issues.  

He previously served as a foreign policy advisor on Middle East and South Asia affairs for Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney.  

He has published widely on national security issues and is a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  His most recent publication is a co-edited book titled Sustaining America’s Competitive Advantage. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel with overseas tours in Korea, Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia.  He holds a PhD in International Relations and Master of Arts Degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.  

FPA Coordinator: Alan Stolberg

The Susquehanna Club


House Salad
Marinated Chicken Breast
Rice Pilaf
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Dessert: Key Lime Pie
Rolls, Butter, Coffee, Water, and Hot Tea

Social hour & Dinner Information
5:30-6:30 Social Hour
6:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30—Announcement, Speaker followed by question and answer session

Cost for FPA Members: $33.00
Non-Members: $38.00 – We Welcome Non-members to attend dinners.

There is no charge for anyone to attend the program presentation only, beginning at 7:30 PM.

Dinner co-chairmen are Dan Sim and Ron Pontius.

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