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The Historical Gadfly — Episode 4: Kyle Haddad-Fonda on Chinese-Arab Relations

June 9, 2011

After a quick jaunt to Madrid that had me back in Oxford at around 1:30 AM, I am most definitely feeling the sleep behind my eyes, but that couldn’t keep me from a conversation this morning with Kyle Haddad-Fonda, a D.Phil. student here at Oxford and a historian of modern Arab-Chinese relations. Born in the Seattle area to a family with a Christian Syrian heritage, Kyle went on to study modern history and Near Eastern Languages at Harvard, and I managed to get in touch with him just following his touchdown from Kashgar, China, where he was spending the tail end of a research trip.

Kyle Haddad-Fonda, our guest on this most recent podcast

In our conversation, which you can download here, we touch on a number of issues which I hope should be provocative: languages and geography in high school education, the Arab-American diaspora of the early 20th century, relations between Zhou Enlai and Nasser, and Chinese foreign policy.

Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Second President of Egypt and someone who figures prominently in today's discussion.

It’s a busy time now in Oxford, but we should have another guest on the podcast shortly, also talking on international affairs, as well as some more essay-style content going up on the blog soon.

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One Comment
  1. I agree whole heeltadry with the idea that a scholar is in a constant state of discovery. I wonder if that ought to be witnessed by an undergraduate class, however. The nature of undergraduate education is such that the many questions and infinite variables cannot be properly addressed in the large classes, leaving unprepared minds to grapple with ideas that are often well beyond their scope–not their potential, mind you, but the average undergraduate sometimes has a difficult time of dealing with the ambiguities that are certainly part of my day-to-day scholarly experience.

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