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.
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.
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.