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Interrupting the War Image: SISMEC Interviews Graphic Artist Azim Fakhri

Farzana Marie (FM): Many of your works of art depict images of war and violence juxtaposed with, or altered in surprising ways to convey, instead, a vision for peace. Your tagline, “Imagination is my power,” directly implies a displacement of violent force with art. Can you talk about how this approach emerged for you, beginning[…]

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Talking to Strangers

Ambassador David Dunford speaks with SISMEC researcher Christina Sciabarra about his new book with Ghassan Muhsin Hussein entitled “Talking to Strangers.” He discusses the challenges of joining the Coalition Provisional Authority which served as the occupational administration after the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.  Tasked with rebuilding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dunford describes the challenges[…]

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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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The Middle East & North Africa: Hat Tricks, Power Plays, and Penalties

With 2013 drawing to a close, the MENA region is a volatile mix of peace plans, war strategies, identity consolidation, and individual displacement As the conflict in Syria continues in its third year, the possibility of peace remains uncertain.  With the addition of actors from all over the region and no clearly defined single agenda, the war[…]

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SISMEC Presents Jonathan Randal: Journalism, War and History

    Veteran war correspondent Jonathan Randal speaks to SISMEC Research Associate ST McNeil about reporting in the Middle East, minorities, the value of history to journalists, the 1982 Siege of Beirut, his many books and the evolution of American foreign news gathering since 1945.

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SISMEC Interviews Ashraf Khalil

SISMEC affiliate Hannah Gaber interviews Ashraf Khalil about the current state of Egypt since the coup against Muhammad Mursi, and the apparent trajectory of the country going forward.     Hannah Gaber (HG): Could you start us off by maybe telling us where you are right now and what you’re working on at the moment?[…]

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SISMEC Interviews Hassan Shibly

Journalist and SISMEC research associate Amer Taleb sat down with Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), to talk about civil rights, American Muslims, and Islam. Amer Taleb: What kind of law do you practice? Hassan Shibly: In my private practice we do some estate planning, Islamic estate planning, Islamic[…]

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Global repercussions of U.S. strikes in Syria and the role of China

During the U.S. debate on military strikes on Syria in response for the chemical attacks on the Damascus suburbs, SISMEC Director Leila Hudson was interviewed by reporter Ao Huang of the Shanghai daily Oriental Morning Post about the global repercussions of U.S. strikes and in particular the role of China.  Here is an English transcript[…]