Talk at Susquehanna to Examine Syria's Crisis and the Future of the Middle East
Published on February 1, 2013
Susquehanna University will host a free, public lecture with two experts discussing the ongoing conflict in Syria—and its implications for the Middle East and the world—on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Fisher Hall’s Faylor Hall.
Boaz Atzili, assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University, and Arthur Goldschmidt, professor emeritus of Middle East history at The Pennsylvania State University, will talk about the significant impact of Syria's civil war in the region that includes Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories.
“Syria will likely witness a regime change, perhaps even break apart,” said Baris Kesgin, assistant professor of political science at Susquehanna, “and the end of the al-Assad family's rule in Syria will change many dynamics in the region: between Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon, among Israel and its neighbors, and for third parties such as Iran and Russia.”
Atzili earned his undergraduate degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and completed his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. His teaching and research interests focus on international security issues; most specifically, territorial conflicts and the politics of borders, and the international effects of state weakness and state failure. Atzili's book "Good Fences, Bad Neighbors" was published recently by the University of Chicago Press and his research has appeared in International Security, Security Studies, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, among others.
Goldschmidt studied at Colby College and received his doctorate degree from Harvard University, teaching at Penn State from 1965 to 2000. Among many publications, he is best known for writing an introductory textbook, "A Concise History of the Middle East," now in its 10th edition. He also received the Middle East Studies Association’s Mentoring Award in 2000. He has lived and conducted research in Egypt and several other Middle Eastern countries with grants from the American Research Center in Egypt, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Commission. He was twice a visiting fellow at Durham University. In retirement, he continues to teach, write and mentor select Penn State students in liberal arts and international affairs.
Supporting Susquehanna’s university theme for 2012–13, Freedom and Responsibility, the event is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History and the International Studies Program.
Karen M. Jones