ISIS and Religion and Nation Building in the Middle East

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ISIS and Religion and Nation Building in the Middle East.

Speaker: Landis, J. (University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies).

Date: January 2017.

Joshua Landis is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. He writes and manages “,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts some 100,000 page-reads a month.

Dr. Landis publishes frequently in policy journals such as Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs and speaks regularly at Washington think tanks. He is a frequent analyst on TV, radio, and in print. He has appeared recently on the PBS News Hour, the Charlie Rose Show, and Front Line. He is a regular on NPR and the BBC. He has received three Fulbright and other grants to support his research and won numerous prizes for his teaching. He is past President of the Syrian Studies Association.

He has lived 15 years in the Middle East and 4 in Syria. He spent most summers in Syria before the uprising on 2011. He was educated at Swarthmore (BA), Harvard (MA), and Princeton (PhD).

He is married to Manar Kashour and has two sons, Jonah and Kendall.


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