March 17-18 event will explore past histories and future trends of critical regions
TAMPA, Fla. (March 12, 2014) – The University of South Florida’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies will host some of the world’s leading experts on the Middle East and Central Asia for a two-day conference on the history and future trends that will shape the globally-vital region in coming years.
The conference, The Greater Middle East & Central Asia in 2020 and its Implications for American Foreign Policy, will be held March 17 and 18 at the Patel Center for Global Solutions. It is free and open to the public.
“Much of the scholarly research about the Middle East and Central Asia either revolves around past histories of these two regions or their current situations,” said Mohsen Milani, executive director of the Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies. “Scant attention is paid to the future and sustainable trends in these two geo-strategically important regions. Our speakers are asked to think ‘out of the box’ on what issues these regions might bring to the world stage in coming years.”
The conference aims to identify and prompt discussions of the future trends in the Greater Middle East and Central Asia and their implications for American national interests, Milani said. Speakers will explore issues of democracy, Islamism/Islamic movements, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and American foreign policy.
Featured speakers will be:
Roger Cohen, Columnist for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune and best-selling author.
Paul R. Pillar, former Executive Assistant to Director of National Intelligence; former National Intelligence Officer for Middle East & South Asia; non-resident senior fellow at Brooking Institutions and a contributing editor to National Interests.
Juha Kahkonen, Deputy Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund.
Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dr. Augustus Richard Norton, Professor of International Relations & Anthropology at the Boston University, author of several books on the Middle East and an internationally-recognized expert on Lebanese Hezbollah.
Kenneth M. Pollack, Senior Fellow at Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institutions and author of Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy.
Dr. Frederic Wehrey, Senior Associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Dr. Emad Shahin, Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo and Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics.
Monday’s conference will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays’ events will begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at noon. Seating is limited and those interested in attending should RSVP to Beth Beall at (813) 974-5481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media interested in attending should RSVP to Adam Freeman in USF Communications & Marketing at email@example.com.
For more information please visit: http://global.usf.edu/csds/index.php.
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