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USF Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies Conference

March 17, 2014 @ 8:00 AM - March 18, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

USF Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies presents:


“The Greater Middle East & Central Asia in 2020
And Its Implications for American Foreign Policy”

SEATING IS LIMITED – Please RSVP to Beth Beall at 813-974-5481 or bbeall@usf.edu


For more information please visit: http://global.usf.edu/csds/index.php

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. Scant attention is paid to the future and sustainable trends in these two geo-strategically important regions.

The purpose of this one and a half day conference is to fill this vacuum by identifying and discussing the future trends in the Greater Middle East and Central Asia and their implications for American national interests. The conference will look at democracy, Islamism/Islamic Movement, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and American foreign policy.

Our distinguished guests have been asked to be provocative and think “out-of-the-box” in their analysis. Clearly focusing on the future trends and possibilities is highly speculative, and that is exactly what we have encouraged our guests to do. The audience is encouraged to ask probing questions and challenge our guests. Join us for an intellectual adventure.

Featured Speakers
Dr. 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

Mr. Roger Cohen, Columnist for The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and author

Dr. Juha Kahkonen, Deputy Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Dr. 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 many books on the Middle East, including his work on Lebanese Hezbollah

Dr. Kenneth M. Pollack, Senior Fellow at Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institutions and author of many books, including 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, The American University in Cairo and Editor-in-Chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics

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March 17, 2014 @ 8:00 AM
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