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Middle East Scholar to Discuss Effects of Arab Spring

Published on January 24, 2012

Lawrence Rubin, assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, will address the significance of recent uprisings in the Middle East in a lecture Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Faylor Hall. The talk, “A Year After the Arab Spring: Old and New Fears,” is free and open to the public.

Rubin will examine how, in a matter of weeks, leaders who ruled their societies for decades lost power in the wake of protests that drew hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria. He will also consider Israel's perceptions of the Arab Spring and the future of the region in its aftermath.

Rubin holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and has earned degrees from UC-Berkeley, the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. He has been a research fellow with the Dubai Initiative of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, part of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and has lectured as the Robert and Myra Kraft chair in Arab politics at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University.

His research interests include comparative Middle East politics and international security with a specific focus on Islam and politics, Arab foreign policies and nuclear proliferation. Rubin has conducted research in Morocco, Egypt, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. His work has been published in the International Studies Review, Middle East Policy, Contemporary Security Policy, and Terrorism and Political Violence, for which he serves as associate editor.

The lecture is sponsored by Susquehanna’s Department of Political Science, Jewish Studies Program, International Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Center for Jewish Life, Department of History and Holocaust-Genocide Studies Program.


Karen M. Jones


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