IU experts to discuss developments in Iraq

Indiana University faculty expertise on international affairs is pretty remarkable. Equally impressive is the fact that these experts will find time, on very short notice, to share their insights with the public.

Feisal Istrabadi

Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi directs the Center for the Study of the Middle East.

Case in point: A discussion today on the latest news and events regarding conflict in Iraq and Syria. Titled “Back Again: U.S. & Iraq,” the session was organized by the Center for the Study of the Middle East at IU Bloomington and takes place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the IU Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room.

The panel discussion will focus on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The U.S. and France have launched airstrikes against the organization’s fighters while analysts debate whether air power will be adequate and whether the action could lead the U.S. back into war in the region. Political science professor Dina Spechler will moderate, and panelists will include:

  • Jamsheed Choksy, professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies
  • Feisal Istrabadi, director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and professor of practice in the Maurer School of Law
  • Leslie Lenkowsky, professor of practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Kevin Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Nazif Shahrani, professor of anthropology

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. See the Center for the Study of the Middle East website for more on IU resources and events related to the region.

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