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SISMEC Event: Women, Writing and War (3/11/2015)

The Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC), in partnership with Civil Vision International (CVI), the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the UA Women’s Resource Center, the UA Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, and the UA School of Middle East & North Africa Studies will be hosting a forum on women, writing and war[…]

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Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring

Nine months before Mohammed Bouazizi’s self-immolation, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University hosted a symposium on Arab media. Much (and not much) has changed in the region’s media landscape since. Understanding the structural and functional characteristics at a historical juncture ahead of the uprisings can help us comprehend what precipitated (and inhibited) the ensuing changes. The[…]

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10/30/2014: Symposium on Arid Lands Agriculture, Food Security and Health

Date: 30 October 2014 Place: Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel Co-Organizers:  College of Social and Behavioral Sciences/School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS)/Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/ Global Institute for Strategic Agriculture in Drylands (GISAD), Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Sponsors:[…]

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10/14/2014 “ISIS & the US: Narratives and Meanings”

SISMEC will be taking part in a brownbag session on contemporary events in Iraq and Syria–with a particular focus on U.S. policies for combatting ISIS. Date: 10/14/2014 Time: Noon-1:30 Place: San Pedro Room (Student Union Memorial Center) Co-Sponsors: The UA College of Arts, Letters and Sciences; the UA Center for Middle East Studies The panel will include:[…]

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10/30- 11/7: Visiting Professor Turki Faisal al-Rasheed

SISMEC Board Chairman Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed will be traveling to the University of Arizona to conduct a series of lectures, speeches and short courses from Oct. 30 until Nov. 7. The visit is in conjunction with the centennial year celebration of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) at the College of Agriculture[…]

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Continuing the Conversation: Afghan-US Student Dialogues

With the arrival of the long-awaited year 2014, the outlook for Afghanistan remains tentative.  Security deals wait to be signed, votes are still being counted from the recent election, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops continues without clarity as to how many will remain.  Though Afghans are concerned for the future of their country, many[…]

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SISMEC EVENT “Iran: Charting New Horizons”

The Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC), in conjunction with the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) at the University of Arizona, will host an event entitled “Iran: Charting New Horizons.” Friday[…]

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Ethics and Methods in Conflict

On Wednesday, January 29 in the University of Arizona Student Union’s Kiva Room, the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts and the University of Arizona School of Journalism convened an interdisciplinary panel to talk about issues for academics, journalists, and researchers working in conflict zones: Ethics and Methods in Conflict panel Featuring[…]

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Afghanistan 2014: Will the U.S. Exit Strategy Work?

SISMEC, in partnership with Civil Vision International, the UA School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the UA Graduate & Professional Student Council  and Ricoh USA, is pleased to announce a symposium on Afghanistan. The event’s purpose is to spur vital dialogue about U.S. policy and what the future[…]

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Reporting on repressive regimes in the Gulf

Mariwan Hama shares his experience investigating human rights abuses in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, touching on nation’s security complex, geopolitical context, changing ethnic configuration, and current political events. Hama spent five days earlier in the year visiting Bahrain with Human Rights Watch, documenting the ongoing struggle for democracy in a repressive regime successfully tempering[…]

SISMEC to host event “10 Years Later: Lessons from Iraq”–W February 27th

The Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC), in conjunction with the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, will host an event entitled “10 Years Later:  Lessons from Iraq” on[…]

SISMEC to host panel on Syria conflict–Thursday October 25th at 4pm

“In the Crucible of Geopolitics:  Cutting through the Fog of War in Syria” Thursday, October 25th at 4pm Rincon Room (Student Union) The Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts (SISMEC), in conjunction with the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS), the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Arizona Center[…]

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Drones: The New American Way of War

SISMEC’s research on drones in Middle East Policy: “Drone Warfare in Yemen: Fostering Emirates through Counterterrorism?” Dr. Leila Hudson, Colin S. Owens, David J. Callen. Middle East Policy, Fall 2012. “Drone Warfare: Blowback from the New American Way of War,” Dr. Leila Hudson, Matt Flannes and Colin Owens. Middle East Policy, Fall 2011.   SISMEC Presents “Drones: The[…]