570. How the World Should Respond to ISIS – December 17, 2015

Dr Nader Hashemi  was born and raised in the GTA of Iranian immigrant parents. A graduate of the U of T, and currently Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver in Colorado, he will be speaking on The ISIS Crisis After the Paris Massacre: How Should the World Respond?

Thursday December 17, 7 pm. Location: Auditorium, Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drive. Admission: $5.

This from the Noor Cultural Centre website: … Before a coherent strategy against ISIS can be formulated, however, a clear understanding of the roots of this organization is required. What is the best framework of analysis to explain the rise and expansion of ISIS? Is the problem with ISIS fundamentally due to something inherent in Islam or Arab Culture? Or is the problem with ISIS fundamentally about the legacy of US intervention in Iraq in 2003? Did a failed US policy toward the Middle East inadvertently create ISIS as some have argued? What is the best entry point to understand this vexed problem and what strategy should the international community adopt to effectively deal with the menace of the “Islamic State”? This lecture will answer these questions…

Dr. Hashemi is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future and The Syria Dilemma. He is frequently interviewed by PBS, NPR, CNN, Al Jazeera, Pacifica Radio and the BBC and his writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, CNN.com among other media outlets.

See also http://universitycollege.du.edu/enrichment/newsletter-profile.cfm#podium. Photo of Dr. Hashemi courtesy of http://naderhashemi.com/.

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