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Scholars Explore Regional Security: Program

Scholars and experts assess the reverberations of the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan on international relations, regional security and stability in the Middle East, Central and South Asia.

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Day One: Iraq, Iran & The Gulf

    Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

  • 1:00 - 1:20 PM, Chair, Etel Solingen, Professor of Political Science, UC Irvine
  • Schedule of Speakers:

  • 1:20 - 2:00 PM, Amatzia Baram, Professor of Political Science, Haifa University, “Iraq between Chaos and a Struggling Democracy: Lessons of the Past for the Future”
  • 2:00- 2:40 PM, Said Amir Arjomand, Professor of Sociology, SUNY at Stony Brook, “Recent Constitutional Developments in Iran and Afghanistan with special reference to Islam and Islamic Jurisprudence”
  • 2:40 - 3:00 PM, Coffee Break
  • 3:00 - 3:40 PM, Eric Davis, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, "Ideology, Essentialism and Path Dependence: Conceptualizing Prospects for a Democratic Transition in Iraq"
  • Schedule of Discussants:

  • 3:40 - 3:55 PM, Traci Fahimi, Instructor of Political Science, Irvine Valley College
  • 3:55 - 4:10 PM, Bulent Gultekin, Professor of Finance, University of Pennsylvania
  • 4:10 - 4:25 PM, Mehran Kamrava, Chairman, Department of Political Science, CSU Northridge
  • 4:25 - 4:40 PM, Etel Solingen, Professor of Political Science, UC Irvine
  • 4:40 - 6:00 PM, Open Discussion / Q & A Period

Day Two: The Arab-Israeli Conflict & The Two-State Solution

    Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

  • 9:00 - 9:15 AM, Eric Davis, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers
  • Schedule of Speakers:

  • 9:15 - 10:00 AM, Steve Spiegel, Professor of Political Science, UCLA, "The International and Regional Context of the Current Israeli-Palestinian Relationship"
  • 10:00 - 10:45 AM, Khalil Jahshan, Director, Pepperdine's Washington D.C. Intern Program, "Beyond the Roadless Map: Challenges and Prospects for Middle East Peace"
  • 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM, Open Discussion / Q & A Period
  • 12:00 - 2:00 PM, Lunch Break (Guests are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch or visit the establishments on the UCLA Campus in LuValle Commons, or Akerman Union)
  • 2:00 - 2:15 PM, Mehran Kamrava, Chairman, Department of Political Science, CSU Northridge
  • 2:15 - 3:00 PM, Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council, “
  • 3:00 - 3:45 PM, Sammy Smooha, Professor of Sociology, University of Haifa, Israel, “The Fallacies of a Single Bi-national State Option for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”
  • 3:45 - 5:00 PM, Open Discussion / Q & A Period

Day Three: Afghanistan, Pakistan & Central Asia

    Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

  • 10:00 - 10:15 AM, Leonard Binder, Director CNES & Professor of Political Science, UC Los Angeles
  • Schedule of Speakers:

  • 10:15 - 11:00 AM, Abdulkader Sinno, Professor of Political Science, Indian University, “Calm Before the Storm? Understanding the Dynamics of Afghan Conflicts and State Building in the Current Regional Environment”
  • 11:00 - 11:45 AM, Martha Brill Olcott, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “Central Asia: A Source of Problems or a Chance for Solutions?”
  • 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM, Susanne Rudolph, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago, "The Making of US Foreign Policy Toward South Asia: Part I"
  • 12:15 - 12:45 PM, Lloyd Rudolph, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago, "The Making of US Foreign Policy Toward South Asia: Part II"
  • 12:45 - 1:30 PM, Mumtaz Ahmad, Professor of Political Science, Hampton University, "Pakistan: Tilt, Turmoil, and Turnaround"
  • Schedule of Discussants:

  • 1:30 - 1:45 PM, William O. Beeman, Professor, Anthropology; Theatre, Speech and Dance, Brown University
  • 1:45 - 3:00 PM, Open Discussion / Q& A Period

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