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The Middle East in the Age of Trump
Mehmet Gurses

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Winds of change are no longer blowing in some distant lands. The US is also undergoing important changes as we are forced to answer the questions of “who are we?” and “what is our role and responsibility in the world order?” President Trump has argued that NATO, a cornerstone of order and democracy in the post-WWII era, is “obsolete.” Are our regional commitments elsewhere also absolute? With the established order in the Middle East crumbling, what the Trump administration does will have serious consequences for the world order in the 21st century. What does the presidency of Donald Trump mean for one of the most tumultuous regions in the world, the Middle East? How will these changes shape the emerging Middle East? Are the old order and institutions really obsolete? How will our actions and policies contribute to peace or turmoil in the region? How will our friends and allies react to these changes? Do these changes necessitate finding new allies in the Middle East? How will these monumental regional changes affect America’s key ally, Israel? Professor Gurses will address these questions and more in this one-time lecture. This lecture aims to provide a coherent understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly changing political landscape in the Middle East in the age of Trump.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Mehmet Gurses joined the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University in 2007, after completing his doctorate at the University of North Texas. An expert on Middle East politics, he specializes in ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace-building, democratization, and Islamist parties in the Middle East. Dr. Gurses frequently speaks to groups in several communities on a range of topics relating to the Middle East. His scholarly publications have appeared in International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Civil Wars, Defense and Peace Economics, Democratization, International Studies Perspectives and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

No Refunds Will be Given for One-Time Events Purchased Within a Discounted Bundle
Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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