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Feb
20
Wed
2019
Challenges for the Middle East: An America and the World Lecture
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

From elections, to refugee crises, ISIL, shifting alliances and Jerusalem – instability continues to mark the Middle East.  Turmoil across the Middle East makes it harder to narrow down the main political issues, but the Syrian crisis, the fate of refugees, elections and terrorists top the list.  Dr. Buket Oztas, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Furman University, will shed light on these and other issues, and answer your questions. This lecture is the sixth of our 7-part monthly America and the World Lecture Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate in partnership with Furman University.

Dr. Buket Oztas joined Furman’s Politics and International Affairs department as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2017. Her expertise is in Comparative Politics, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her research interests fall broadly in the fields of political Islam and regime transitions in the Islamic world, but she also does research on European Politics, particularly on the changing institutional dynamics of the European Union.

Originally from Izmir, Turkey, Dr. Oztas received her B.A. and B.S. degrees (2010) from Bilkent University (Turkey) and Binghamton University (New York), and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida (2016).

Her most recent work focuses on the interplay between political Islam and democratization.

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Be sure to save these upcoming lecture dates….
  • February 20: Dr. Buket Oztas – Challenges for the Middle East
  • March 20: Dr. Akan Malici – The Palestine-Israel Conflict

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Mar
20
Wed
2019
The Palestine-Israel Conflict: An America and the World Lecture
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

It has been referred to as the world’s “most intractable conflict”, with the ongoing Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip reaching 51 years.  Despite a long-term peace process Israelis and Palestinians have failed to reach a final peace agreement. Among the key issues are: mutual recognition, borders, security, and control of Jerusalem. The violence of the conflict, in a region rich in sites of historic, cultural and religious interest worldwide, has been the object of numerous international conferences and many attempts have been made to broker a two-state solution.  Dr. Akan Malici,  Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Furman University, will shed light on the issues, make you think, and engage your questions. This lecture is the last of our 7-part monthly America and the World Lecture Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate in partnership with Furman University.

Dr. Malici is from a Turkish and Albanian family. He grew up in Germany and received his undergraduate education in Literature and Political Science at the University of Tuebingen. He came to the United States for graduate school in 2000. At Arizona State University he received his M.A. degree in 2002 and his Ph.D. degree in 2004. He has been teaching at Furman University since 2005.

Dr. Malici’s scholarly interest is in the area of Foreign Policy Decision-Making and Peace and Conflict Studies. He is the author of When Leaders Learn and When They Don’t (SUNY Press, 2008) and The Search for a Common European Foreign and Security Policy (Palgrave Press, 2008). Akan Malici is also the co-author of U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy Mistakes (Stanford University Press, 2011) and Role Theory and Role Conflict in U.S.-Iran Relations: Enemies of Our Own Making (Routledge 2016).  At Furman, he teaches classes in International Politics and Research Methodology.

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