The “Cradle of Civilization” is a common term for the area comprising modern Iraq as it was home to the earliest known civilization, the Sumerian civilization, which arose in the fertile Tigris-Euphrates river valley of southern Iraq in the Chalcolithic (Ubaid period). It was here in the late 4th millennium BC, that the world’s first writing system and recorded history itself were born. The history of Iraq from then until now is fraught with invasions, occupations, coup d’etat’s and of course, wars. As we prepare for the next edition of Life Elsewhere conflict in Iraq still rages, with forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) just an hour outside of Baghdad while the Syrian military is reportedly bombing the insurgents. To help us better understand the complexities of the Iraqi situation, Dr. Binoy Kampmark will join the program. Dr. Kampmark’s research and teaching interests lie in the intersections of law, international relations and history. Much of this involves the examination of conflict, diplomacy, and the various crises confronting international society. diplomacy, and the various crises confronting international society. Binoy teaches core legal courses within the Legal and Dispute Studies program for the Bachelor of Social Science at RMIT University.
Life Elsewhere airs 9.00am ET, Monday, June 30