Eric Davis is a first rate scholar of Iraq. His upcoming lecture on Sept 23d should be excellent.
Bustani Middle East Seminar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
4:30-6pm | MIT Building E51, Room 376 (70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge)
The Islamic State and the Future of Iraq: Terrorism, Sectarianism, and Democracy
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Davis is a Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and past director of the University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His research has included the study of the relationship between state power and historical memory in modern Iraq, the political economy of Egyptian industrialization, the ideology and social bases of religious radical movements in Egypt and Israel, and the impact of oil wealth on the state and culture in Arab oil-producing countries. Dr. Davis has been appointed a fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin; the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University; the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University; and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.
How should we think about the future of Iraq? Does the recent seizure of large swaths of northern Iraq by the Islamic State condemn Iraq to constant strife, political instability and possible fragmentation? Or is there still a possibility that Iraq can find a path to national reconciliation and implement a transition to democracy?