Keynote Lecture -- The Arab Spring and Syria: Why Has it Gone So Wrong? By Dr. Joshua Landis
Author: Middle East Studies Center
Posted: May 23, 2014

The Arab Spring and Syria: Why Has it Gone So Wrong?
By Dr. Joshua Landis

Friday, May 23, 1 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 236, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland State University

Free & open to the public

Dr. Landis will discuss the rise of ethnic and religious identities in the Levant states following WWI in an effort to explain how Syria fits into a larger model of nation building in post-imperial lands. He will discuss possible outcomes of the Syrian struggle and consider how they may impact the states of the region.

Joshua Landis is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies.

He writes “Syria Comment,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts some 50,000 readers a month. It is widely read by officials in Washington, Europe and Syria. Dr. Landis travels frequently to Washington DC to consult with government agencies and speak at think tanks. Additionally, he is a frequent analyst on TV and radio. Most recently he has appeared on PBS News Hour, the Charlie Rose Show, al-Jazeera, Frontline, NPR and BBC radio. He is a frequently published in such journals as Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy, and Time Magazine. His most recent publications are:

  • Stay Out of Syria | June 5, 2012, Foreign Policy
  • Why Assad Is Likely to Survive to 2013. Middle East Policy, (19:1 Spring 2012) pp 72-85

He was educated at Swarthmore (BA), Harvard (MA), and Princeton (PhD). He has lived over 14 years in the Middle East and speaks Arabic and French fluently. He has lived four years in Syria, most recently spending 2005 in Damascus as a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow and has returned most summers until the revolution began.

Presented as a part of the Undergraduate Student Conference: the Middle East by the Portland State University Middle East Studies Center with funding from the Portland State University Internationalization Minigrant program

Contact Info
Organization: Middle East Studies Center
Phone: (503) 725 - 4074

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