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FAU Experts on Osama Bin Laden and the Middle East

          BOCA RATON, FL (May 2, 2011) – With the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden, Florida Atlantic University faculty are available to discuss its impact on the Middle East and the United States.
             Robert Rabil is a professor and director of graduate studies in the department of political science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU. His areas of expertise include national and international security, U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Arab and U.S.-Muslim relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and politics and economies of the Arab world, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Israel. Rabil can be reached at 561-297-3215 (office), 561-302-0470 (cell) or
             Mehmet Gurses is a professor in the department of political science. His research interests include democracy and democratization, ethnic and religious conflicts, post-civil war peace building, post-civil war democratization, and the emergence and evolution of the Islamist parties in the Middle East. Gurses is fluent in Turkish and Kurdish. He can be reached at 561-297-3213 (office) or
             Jeffrey Morton is a professor of political science.  His areas of specialization are laws of armed conflict, world politics, international law, war in the Middle East and Europe, and U.S. foreign policy. He can be reached at 561-297-3216 (office), 561-313-9106 (cell) or
             Sam Hawkins is an instructor of political science. His areas of expertise include international law and diplomacy, and military history. He can be reached at 561-799-8581 (office) or

            For FAU experts, contact Lisa Metcalf, associate director of media relations at FAU, at 561-297-3022 or

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