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Some Issues in the Middle East
Mehmet Gurses

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: As the winds of change are blowing in both the US and Middle East, a number of issues merit reexamination. A series of questions pertaining to some of the most difficult topics will be discussed. Are we approaching a new phase characterized by a clash of civilizations? Is there a place for the two-state solution in the new Middle East? Is Islamism on the rise? Can it be tamed? What is the American policy toward the Kurds, the third largest group in the Middle East? This series aims to provide a coherent understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly changing political landscape in the Middle East in light of changes at home and abroad.

LECTURES:
1. The Clash of Civilizations in Light of Changes in the US and Middle East
2. Islamism and the Future of the Middle East
3. The Two-State Solution or Delusion?
4. Kurds: What to Do With Them?
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.

S141A
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Fridays, March 16, 23, 30; April 6
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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