Aug 15, 2023 — Aug 27, 2023

Ancient Cities of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula

with Jim Falk

About the Tour

The route of this voyage from Lisbon to Palermo takes us through territory that has been fought over and ruled by a succession of powers seeking to dominate the Western Mediterranean. Outposts of the Roman Empire along the North African coast share the land with Moorish castles and mosques of the 7th and 8th centuries, and although they were subsumed by later European conquests, both cultures remain a vibrant influence throughout Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and southern Spain. This same region also saw the rise of nationalism and radical Islam in the late 20th century and was the birthplace of the "Arab Spring" in the 2010s. Joining us as guest lecturer will be Jim Falk, retired president of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and currently Program Chair of the Global Santa Fe Council. Keenly interested in the Middle East all of his life (Jim grew up in Tunisia), he has worked with the National Center for Policy Analysis and with the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Your Council Leader

Jim Falk, president emeritus of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, retired in March 2021 after serving as the organization’s president since 2001. Now residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico he is member of the Board of Global Santa Fe where he chairs the program committee. Additionally, Jim co-hosts The McCuistion Program, a public affairs program, that airs weekly on KERA-Dallas (PBS). His interest in travel and global affairs grew from high school years spent in Tunis where he attended a French lycée. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and earned his MA in Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia specializing in international law and Middle East politics. In 2012, he was appointed Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Morocco. Jim has led numerous trips on behalf of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to including Tunisia and Morocco.