Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Kane 210 Free and open to the public. Reception to follow in Kane 225. No tickets or reservations required. http://depts.washington.edu/nelc/events.html The historic popular uprisings that rocked the Arab region four years ago and removed four leaderships set in motion a turbulent series of events across the Arab world that have resulted in a wide range of very different outcomes — from democratic pluralism in Tunisia to state collapse and the world's largest proxy war in Syria. The rise of the "Islamic State" group in Syria-Iraq is the latest and most frightening sign of the region's fragility, and collapse in places. Rami G. Khouri will analyze the underlying reasons for the very turbulent, often violent, conditions across the Arab world during the past four years, and whether we should expect more rather than less problems ahead. Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut and Nazareth. An internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, he was the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, where he currently is a senior policy fellow. He also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University, and his internationally syndicated column is published by Agence Global (USA). He is editor at large, columnist, and former executive editor of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, and he was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006. This annual lectureship was established in honor of Farhat J. Ziadeh, who's contributions to the fields of Islamic law, Arabic language, and Islamic Studies are truly unparalleled.
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