Radical Islamist Terrorism
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have changed the region's political landscape. As the old systems crumble and the new regimes fail to consolidate, Islamic terrorism has gained momentum. The power vacuum in the region has facilitated the rise of radical Islamist groups in Libya, Mali, and Yemen. Is democracy an answer to radical Islam? Can democracy take root and survive in such an inhospitable environment? Or, are we facing Somali-like failed states in which neither democracy nor order are achieved? Professor Gurses will first present a general overview of the ‘weak state syndrome’ then address the prospects for democracy and peace in this volatile region. He will analyze the political developments in Libya, Mali, Algeria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey. Each lecture aims to provide a coherent understanding of the challenges that the United States and Israel face in their relations with the Muslim world.
1. Islam, Terrorism, and Weak States: An Overview
2. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: Mali, Libya and Algeria
3. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Yemen and Saudi Arabia
4. Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia: Iraq and Syria
5. Radical Islam in Pakistan and Afghanistan
6. Radical Islam in Turkey: The Case of Turkish Hezbollah
7. The Iranian Threat and Islamic Terrorism
8. What Shall We Expect? Islam, Democracy, and Terrorism
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.
||1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
||Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member