Is the world edging toward democracy or careening toward more conflict? How is America's influence regarded? Can peace and understanding ever be realized? Eminent scholars will delve beyond headlines to analyze world problems.
NOVEMBER 7: DEVELOPMENT, DEMOCRACY, AND REVOLUTION: THE LATIN AMERICAN PROSPECT
John Booth, Regents “Professor of Comparative Politics” at the University of North Texas, is author of The End and the Beginning: The Nicaraguan Revolution and Costa Rica: Quest for Democracy and co-author of Understanding Central America. A risk analyst for the U.S. Department of State, he is associate editor of the Journal of International Studies.
NOVEMBER 14: CHANGING CONTEXT IN U.S. – CHINA RELATIONS
Peter Trubowitz is a member of the department of government at the University of Texas in Austin. He is author of the award-winning book, Defining the National Interest – Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy. He is now writing a book on electoral politics and foreign policy and has been studying China closely.
NOVEMBER 21: WHY DEMOCRACY FALTERS IN RUSSIA
Martha Merritt is an associate director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. She is an expert on Russian politics and explores the tensions in democratic state building particularly regarding accountability and nationalism. Her Ph.D. is from Oxford University.
NOVEMBER 28–PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRATIZATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST:
A COMPARATIVE VIEW ON IRAN AND IRAQ
Shiva Balaghi is associate director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University, where she teaches courses on womem's studies and the cultural history of the Middle East. She is author of Saddam Hussein: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2005). She is completing a book on culture and the state of Iran from the nineteenth century to the present.
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