PBS News Hour anaylist to illuminate Syria's past and America's future

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Dominating news media, politics and Twitter feeds, Syria is a land of turmoil and 20 million. Gain a greater understanding of the Mediterranean nation and the ten o’clock news with Joshua Landis’ discussion, “Syria – what does the future hold?” on Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. in the College of the Mainland Learning Resource Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, called Syria home for four years.

In his presentation, he will unravel the region’s long and bloody history and discuss ramifications of Syria’s status as the last minority-dominated state in the region. He will assess Syria’s future as a divided or united nation and examine which course the U.S. should chart.

Landis has frequently appeared as an analyst on the PBS News Hour, al-Jazeera, NPR and BBC radio. His work has been published in journals such as Foreign Policy and Time magazine, including a prescient article appearing in Middle East Policy, “The Syrian Uprising of 2011: Why the Asad Regime Is Likely to Survive to 2013.” He blogs at www.SyriaComment.com, a daily newsletter on Syrian politics.

Landis’ discussion is the third installment of the Robert T. Handy lecture series, which seeks to educate COM students and the community on foreign affairs, public policy and economics. Last year Yoram Bauman, an economist and comedian, used comparisons, anecdotes and humor to illustrate economic and political concepts.

For more information, call 409-933-8117 or email ssewell@com.edu.

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