What are the origins of the escalation of the current conflict between Hamas and Israel? What does each side want? And what might this mean for Israelis, Palestinians and the wider Middle East?
The College is working on inviting preeminent speakers who focus on issues surrounding the Middle East, with varying perspectives and identities, to speak to our questions. The first is Ora Szekely, a Middle East scholar, researcher, lecturer and associate professor of political science at Clark University. Her research focuses on political violence and armed conflict in the Middle East, especially the role of nonstate military actors. Professor Szekely is the author of three books, The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East: Resources, Relationships, and Resistance; Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars; and Syria Divided: Patterns of Violence in a Complex Civil War, based on field research conducted across the region. At Clark, she teaches courses on the Middle East, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, and has served as faculty advisor to both Muslim and Jewish student groups.
The event is cosponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.