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The Middle East: Understanding the Region and its Key Players

Jul 19, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Peters Township Public Library will welcome Ross Harrison to discuss the ever-changing landscape of the Middle East. Since our world realities often shift from hour-to-hour and day-to-day, he will provide us with various lenses to view and make sense of events in that region.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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Ross Harrison is on the faculty of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is a scholar at The Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. Given Ross’ ties to Pittsburgh, he is also teaches a course in Middle East politics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Harrison authored Strategic Thinking in 3D: A Guide for National Security, Foreign policy and Business Professionals, which currently is a required strategy text at the U.S. National War College, as well as at many civilian universities. He also co-edited a book with Paul Salem (released in 2017), From Chaos to Cooperation: Toward Regional Order in the Middle East.

He has lectured on matters related to strategy and as well as Middle East politics at the U.S. Department of State, the National War College, National Defense University, The Navy War College, the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, Georgetown University and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. He has also been part of several Track 1.5 and Track II diplomatic initiatives related to Syria and the broader Middle East.

Harrison has been published in policy related journals such as The National Interest, Al Monitor, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs and Parameters (The U.S. Army War College Journal), Huffington Post and the Post Gazette. He is often interviewed by the media and quoted in national papers, including the New York Times on issues related to the Middle East.

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