Kelman Seminar: “Understanding ISIS”

Event Date: Monday October 19, 2015
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Location: Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, 5th Floor, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge MA

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution is pleased to present:

Understanding ISIS


Paul Woiod in Homs

Paul Wood

BBC Foreign Correspondent and 2015 Shorenstein Center Fellow



Michael Hudson

Seif Ghobash Professor of International Relations and Arab Studies, Emeritus at Georgetown University;
former Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School


Monday, October 19, 2015
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, 5th Floor
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA

About the speakers:

Paul Wood is a BBC world affairs correspondent, most recently based in Beirut. For the past four years he has covered the Syrian uprising, making a number of trips across the border from Lebanon and Turkey, often covert. He has reported first-hand on the growth of the insurgency, the siege in Homs, and the emergence of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Syria. Over the course of his career he has received numerous awards and was named Journalist of the Year by the UK Foreign Press Association. While at the Shorenstein Center, he will explore the moral dilemmas facing journalists and policymakers in Syria, especially in relation to the Islamic State.

Michael Hudson is the Seif Ghobash Professor of International Relations and Arab Studies, Emeritus, at Georgetown University, where he began as Professor of International Relations in 1979. He directed the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Georgetown School of Foreign Service intermittently from 1979 to 2010. From 2010 to 2014, he was the first director of the Middle East Institute and Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has held Guggenheim, Ford, and Fulbright fellowships and is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association. Among Hudson’s publications are The Precarious Republic: Political Modernization in Lebanon (1968, 1985); The World Handbook of Political and Social Indicators (1972, co-author); Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy (1977); The Palestinians: New Directions (1990, editor and contributor); and Middle East Dilemma: The Politics and Economics of Arab Integration (1999, editor and contributor). His most recent book is Gulf Politics and Economics in a Changing World (2014, co-editor and contributor). He has contributed to the BBC, PBS, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Channel News Asia, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Thomson Reuters TV, CCTV, Jadaliyya, and major newspapers.


About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series: 

The 2015-2016 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public PolicyThe Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme for this year’s Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.

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