The Middle East & Weapons of Mass Destruction
Mehmet Gurses

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Middle East is one of the world's most heavily armed regions. In addition to conventional arms race among key Middle Eastern states, several countries have shown interest in acquiring nuclear weapons. Considering long-running rivalries, protracted conflict, and political instability in the region, a nuclearized Middle East constitutes a major international security issue with potentially dire consequences for the world community. Efforts to curb nuclear proliferation in the region have failed. What are Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), how are they used and regulated? How can the USA prevent the arms race in the Middle East? What options are on the table for Iran’s nuclear weapons program? How can a nuclear Iran affect Turkey’s and Saudi Arabia’s decision to go nuclear? These lecture series will address there questions and more.
1. What are WMD, how are they used and how are they regulated?
2. Saddam Hussein, WMD and the 2003 US invasion.
3. Iran’s nuclear weapons program: options on the table.
4. The Middle East & WMD: is a nuclear arms race in the future?
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Mehmet Gurses joined the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) 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: 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Date: Tuesdays, March 18, 25; April 1, 8
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member