Syrian scholar explores deterioration from democracy to dictatorship

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre While consolidated authoritarian rule and devastating civil war color the Levant’s modern landscape, Syria’s history offers a glimmer of what could have been. “The democratic years,” 1954 to 1958, exemplify the easily forgotten reality of a Syria enjoying free speech, free press and free elections. The consolidation of […]

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. Case in point: A discussion today on the latest news and events regarding conflict in Iraq and Syria. Titled “Back Again: U.S. & […]

IU programs keeping pace with rapid-fire events in Iran, Middle East

Nuclear talks with Iran. Ongoing civil war in Syria. Revolution and popular revolt in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and Northern Africa. How is anyone supposed to keep up? Fortunately for those of us at IU Bloomington, scholars and campus centers and organizations have scheduled lectures, discussions and presentations that keep pace with […]