BARtalk #15: ISIS and the New Middle East

Thursday, February 12th, in the Gallery Lounge at UBC. Facebook RSVP.

The emergence of ISIS, or the “Islamic State” has brought unspeakable acts of violence and destruction to an already volatile region. Its growth in the region will likely shaped the political and economic landscape of the region for years to come. How should international community and regional actors respond to the growing threats posed by the Islamic State? Meanwhile, extremists attacked France, Hezbollah and Israel are firing at each other, Libya is in total chaos, Iraq has had its deadliest month in years, the humanitarian crisis continues is Syria and the Egyptian military is intensifying its crackdown on dissent. Is there a path towards peace in the Middle East?

Join us for an informal panel discussion on the rapidly changing situation in the Middle East – featuring our expert panel:

  • Arjun Chowdhury is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. His ongoing research focuses on autocratic regimes and the transition to democracy, effect of counter-insurgency campaigns and the transition from imperial to the international system.
  • Ahmed Danny Ramadan is a Syrian journalist and activist who has written for the Washington Post, Foreign Policy and The Guardian. He has reported and provided analysis on the situation in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq, both in Arabic and English. For the past two years, he covered the conflict in Syria and Iraq as the Washington Post’s Beirut correspondent.
  • Jenny Peterson is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. Before joining UBC, she worked as a lecturer at the Humanitarian and Crisis Response Institute at the University of Manchester from 2009-2013. Her teaching and research interests include international relations, comparative politics, humanitarian studies and peace studies.
  • And moderated by Gordon Katic

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Gordon Katic (@gordonkatic) has been student coordinator for the Terry Project for over two years, and in that time started BARtalk, and the Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM. A former Ubyssey columnist, and now a student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Gordon is trying to use journalism to tell important stories about global issues.