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Oct. 19, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Panel probes candidates' foreign policy

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "The Presidential Election and Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East" will be the topic of an Oct. 26 panel discussion sponsored by Slippery Rock University's Middle East Studies Center, the School of Business and the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences.

The free session is at 6 p.m. in 111 Spotts World Culture Building.

The program will include video clips from the nationally televised Oct. 22 Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy along with news clips of current events.

Expected topics include the current conflict in Syria, heightening tension between Turkey and Syria, nuclear development in Iran and the Israeli elections.

The audience will be asked to join in the discussion.

Andrew Colvin, SRU assistant professor of philosophy, will serve as moderator.

SRU faculty panelists will be:

Aksel Casson, instructor in professional studies and interdisciplinary programs, who has lived in and conducted anthropological and archaeological fieldwork in Turkey and the Arab world;

Eric Tuten, SRU assistant professor of history, who teaches Middle East history and has spent three years working for the U.S. government as a political analyst for Middle Eastern issues;

Ahmad Khalili, SRU associate professor of professional studies and interdisciplinary programs, whose areas of research include sociology of generations, demography and sociology of the Middle East;

Abbas Noorbakhsh, a professor in SRU's School of Business, who teaches international financial management, issues in global business and managerial finance. His research interests include international financial management and the economics of globalization; and

Daniel McIntosh, SRU associate professor of political science, who has written extensively about international security, terrorism and foreign policy. He teaches international law and international political economy, and was a local television news commentator for the 2004 presidential election.

The SRUMESC and other campus organizations, will sponsor a lecture by Afra Jalabi, a member of the Syrian National Council, former member of the Damascus Declaration, and a member in the executive committee of the Day After project, for a 6:30 p.m., Nov. 15, lecture in Spotts.

Jalabi is currently a weekly columnist for the Saudi daily newspaper Al Yaum and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Religion at Hamline University.

Her membership in the Damascus Declaration was instrumental in having her name placed on the Syrian security most-wanted list.

Jalabi's presentation will deal with such issues as the ongoing military and political conflict in Syria. It will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Based in Montreal, Canada, Jalabi is completing doctoral work in religious studies at McGill University, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and political science. She also has a masters degree in journalism from Carleton University and was a columnist in London for Al-Jadeedah magazine.

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