PCIM is delighted to be cosponsoring a visit by independent journalist, author, Middle East policy scholar, and advocate of strategic nonviolent action Stephen Zunes to campus. He will deliver a free public lecture, “Middle East Democracy Uprisings: Victories and Setbacks,” on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Textor 102.
“We’ve all had such high hopes for the people of the region, and have been dismayed and confused by events," says Maura Stephens, PCIM associate director. "We are fortunate that someone of Dr. Zunes’s stature and firsthand knowledge will be sharing his assessments of the situations in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Iran, and the Palestinian Occupied Territories.”
Recognized as one the country’s leading analysts of U.S. Middle East policy, Zunes is a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is also a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and cochair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
He has written scores of articles on these and other subjects for such independent media outlets as Alternet, Common Dreams, openDemocracy, and Truthout, as well as numerous mainstream print, online, TV, and radio outlets. He is the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism, among other books.
Zunes makes frequent visits to conflict regions, meeting with top government officials, academics, journalists, and opposition leaders. He is a consultant and board member for a number of peace and human rights organizations in both the United States and overseas. Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University and served on the politics faculty of Ithaca College in the 1990s.
Zunes’s talk is co sponsored by the Department of Politics.