Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa

April 01, 2011

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss the crisis in the Middle East and North Africa on Thursday, April 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center on the University of Mount Union’s campus.
The experts on Middle Eastern affairs and international relations will offer insights into the causes of the current developments in the broader Middle East, assess the overall regional, political, economic, security and social ramifications and discuss actual and potential implications for U.S. foreign policy in the region.
The three-member panel will include:
Dr. Steven W. HookDr. Steven W. Hook
Hook is a professor and chair of the political science department at Kent State University. The author of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power and National Interest and Foreign Aid, he earned master and doctoral degrees in international studies from the University of South Carolina. Hook is the past president of the Foreign Policy Analysis sections of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association as well as the 2008 recipient of Kent State’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Wesley RenfroDr. Wesley Renfro
Renfro is an assistant professor of political science at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He earned master and doctoral degrees in international relations and comparative politics from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Joshua StacherDr. Joshua Stacher
Stacher is an assistant professor of political science at Kent State University. He earned a doctoral degree from the University of St. Andrews and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Middle East Studies Program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School for Citizenship. He is currently writing a book that compares institutions and cooptation to explain authoritarian durability in Egypt and Syria.

Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa
The recent, popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, which led to the ousting of Presidents Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, have since spilled over into the broader Middle East-North Africa region. From Algeria to Yemen, governments are facing varying degrees of revolutionary opposition. Important for the political stability of what has always been considered the world’s most volatile region, these developments will also have powerful geo-economic and geo-strategic implications. Therefore, understanding the causes and implications of the revolutionary throes engulfing countries in the region will prove critical for the international communities’ ability to formulate and implement appropriate policy responses.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Francis Schortgen at (330) 823-3271.

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