Panel Discussion: ISIS and US Intervention in the Middle East

01 Dec 2014


What is ISIS and what is the impact of this radical Sunni insurgent group in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria? Can continued US involvement in the region bring sustained peace or will it propel continued inter-sectarian bloodshed?
Three experts will share their opinions along with time for Q&A.

Lunch is provided.

Expert Panel includes:

Ross Harrison is on the faculty of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he teaches strategy. He also teaches Middle East Politics at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a frequent contributor of articles on strategic issues facing the Middle East. He is the author of Strategic Thinking in 3D: A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy and Business Professionals (Potomac Books, 2013), which is a required text at the U.S. National War College.

Dr. Luke Peterson is the AY2014-15 Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Issues. Broadly, Dr. Peterson’s work has focused on contemporary representations of Palestine-Israel in print media in Great Britain and the United States. He is the author of Palestine-Israel in the Print News Media (Rutledge Press, 2014). Dr. Peterson’s research interests are reflected in the courses he is teaching at Pitt including “The US in the Middle East,” both as an undergraduate history course and as a graduate course in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His spring 2015 course offerings are expected to include a history course on “The History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict” and a graduate seminar focusing on Modern Iran.

Dan Simpson is a retired, 35-year, career diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His Middle East assignments included Lebanon and Libya. He is currently Associate Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, writing daily editorials and a weekly column on international affairs.

Event Date: 
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Sponsored By: 
Global Studies
3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh