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Issues in the Middle East
Mehmet Gurses

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A day hardly goes by without events in the Middle East making headlines.  Whether it is the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, terrorism, the civil war in Syria, turmoil in Egypt and Yemen, rising political tensions in Turkey, domestic politics in Iraq, or Iran's nuclear ambitions, the Middle East seems to dominate the headlines every day.

This lecture series is designed to keep you up-to-date on the constantly shifting political, social and economic sands of the Middle East.  Professor Gurses will review issues such as current events,terrorism, women in the Middle East, and the politics of oil in the Middle East on a weekly basis.  The lecture series aims to generate debate over these rapidly changing landscapes and their implications for the U.S., Israel and the region.
1. Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the Middle East
2. Islam and Terrorism
3. Women in the Middle East
4. The Sykes-Picot Agreement:  A Century Later
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: 1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Date: Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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