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Mideast Hotspots are Focus of March 14 Symposium

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Media Advisory/Events Listings for Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 12 to 2 pm


QUEENS COLLEGE SYMPOSIUM TO EXPLORE MIDEAST “HOTSPOTS”
INCLUDING IRAN, AND EXAMINE PROSPECTS FOR PEACE

WHAT: A free symposium open to the public on "Middle Eastern Hotspots: Challenges and Prospects." Participants will discuss major conflicts in that region and the possibilities for peace
WHO: Ziva Flamhaft, Director, International Relations and Conflict Resolution Project, Queens College
Azzedine Layachi, Associate Professor of Politics, St. John's University
Mark W. Rosenblum, Director, Jewish Studies Program and the Michael Harrington Center, Queens College
   
WHEN: 12-2 pm Refreshments will be served
   
WHERE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Rosenthal Library, Room 230
(From library main entrance, take staircase down on left inside the café)
For directions, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php

BACKGROUND:

The program will offer an overview of potentially destabilizing situations in the Middle East and beyond, such as the war in Iraq and the resulting civil strife there; the Iranian nuclear stalemate; the impasse between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders; and the situation in Lebanon. It will also try to explain and predict political and social change in the Middle East and prospects for peace or accommodation between Israel and its neighbors. According to symposium organizer and speaker Ziva Flamhaft, “This discussion comes at a time when the confluence of circumstances makes the Middle East less stable than it has been for decades, challenging not only the region but the international community at large.”

Ziva Flamhaft lectures on international relations and comparative politics in the political science department at Queens College. She has published numerous works on the Middle East peace process, the UN and Zionism, and Israeli and Palestinian women victimized by war and its aftermath. A recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and the Queens College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, she appears regularly at national and international conferences. Past events she has coordinated under the International Relations and Conflict Resolution Project include the symposium, “The Middle East at the Crossroads: Peace Making or Peace Breaking,” and a community-wide model dialogue, “Talking About It: Jews and Palestinians Learn to Listen.”

Azzedine Layachi is an associate professor of politics at St. John’s University who teaches courses on Middle East politics and international relations. He has published several works on the region, is a consultant to private and public institutions, and makes regular presentations at national and international conferences. Past president of the New York State Political Science Association and the Northeastern Political Science Association, he is currently a member of the Executive Board of the American Institute of Maghrebi Studies.

Mark W. Rosenblum is director of both the Jewish Studies Program and the Michael Harrington Center at Queens College. He is the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles on the Middle East, and was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative with an award for his work in the field of religion, conflict, and reconciliation. Last year, the Ford Foundation awarded the college $100,000 for Professor Rosenblum’s nationally renowned education outreach project, “The Middle East and America: Clash of Civilizations or Meeting of the Minds.”

The symposium is sponsored by the International Relations and Conflict Resolution Project, the Dean of Social Science, and the Political Science Club at Queens College.


 
 

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