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Event Preview: ISIS and the New Middle East

Feeling uninformed about the rapidly unfolding situations in Syria and Iraq? Want to share your thoughts? This Thursday, February 12, attend the #15 BARtalk, hosted by the Terry Project, from 6:00- 7:30 to learn more and engage with informed speakers. The event, “ISIS and The New Middle East,” will be an informal panel discussion style event held at the Gallery Lounge in the Student Union Building. Please note that this venue is wheelchair accessible, offers a gender-neutral washroom, serves alcohol, and is not scent-free.

This event aims to clear up and address any misconceptions and misunderstandings that many may have regarding ISIS. One of the panelists is Syrian journalist & LGBT activist Ahmed Danny Ramadan, who will speak about how the conflict is impacting already marginalized groups in the country and discuss the growing Syrian refugee crisis. Any UBC students or staffs are welcome to attend. Student and community groups are also welcomed.

Panelists include:

Arjun Chowdhury is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. His ongoing research focuses on autocratic regimes and the transition to democracy, effect of counter-insurgency campaigns and the transition from imperial to the international system.

Ahmed Danny Ramadan is a Syrian journalist and activist who has written for the Washington Post, Foreign Policy and The Guardian. He has reported and provided analysis on the situation in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq, both in Arabic and English. For the past two years, he covered the conflict in Syria and Iraq as the Washington Post’s Beirut correspondent.

Jenny Peterson is a lecturer in the department of Political Science at the University of British Colombia. Before joining UBC, she worked as a lecturer at the Humanitarian and Crisis Response Institute at the University of Manchester from 2009-2013. Her teaching and research interests include international relations, comparative politics, humanitarian studies and peace studies.

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