Understanding Muslim Societies talk by Marc Lynch

Understanding Muslim Societies  

WACA Engage America Series: Six Top National Security Issues 2012 

   Dr. Marc Lynch, professor, author & blogger of Middle East issues

7 p.m. Sept. 27 – McCrory Gardens Education & Visitors Center, SDSU, Brookings

A program of the World Affairs Councils of America with support provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Marc Lynch, director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Washington University in Washington, DC and one of the world’s leading experts on Middle Eastern studies and societies, will speak about “Understanding Muslim Societies” at SDSU McCrory Gardens Education and Visitors Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

His talk is free and open to the public, sponsored by the South Dakota World Affairs Council with a program of the World Affairs Councils of America through a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. A reception with food and conversation will follow the talk.

Lynch publishes frequently on the politics of the Middle East, and was one of the first to anticipate the impact of new social media such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter on Arab politics.  He has been a leading voice on U.S. policy towards Egypt, Syria and the response to the Arab spring.

He recently told CNN that no one should have been surprised when Islamists did well in transitional elections in Arab regions. In most cases, he said, they were “the best organized and largest political movement in the country.”

But the challenges they face, he says, include turning vague promises into real change for skeptics at home and abroad. “People tend to assume a uniformity of belief and behavior among Islamists (Muslims) which just doesn’t exist.”

Lynch has built his career on astutely studying and following politics and international affairs in the Middle East. He started a blog on Middle East politics in 2002 called “Abu Aardvark.” The blog gained such a wide following from professionals, journalists, scholars, teachers and students, that it moved to <lynch.foreignpolicy.com> where he provides frequent insight on rapidly changing issues and circumstances in Middle East affairs.

Lynch now edits the Middle East Channel for FP <mideast.foreignpolicy.com>, the leading online site for informed analysis of the region’s politics. He recently published a widely-discussed book, The Arab Uprising (PublicAffairs) and an edited ebook, Islamists in a Changing Middle East (ForeignPolicy).

Understanding Muslim Societies is one of the six top issues in the World Affairs Councils of America “Engage America” series.

Lynch will also speak at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Sioux Falls the day following his appearance at SDSU.

You can download the pdf poster to read more about Marc Lynch and his engaging talk that is open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 27th by clicking here: Marc Lynch – Understanding Muslim Societies

Learn more about Lynch at www.marclynch.com/



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  2. Jeanne on September 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Join neighbors to listen to Middle East expert Marc Lynch talk about Muslim Societies & why it is important for South Dakotans to understand them.

  3. Jeanne on September 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Tune in to “Dakota Midday” on South Dakota Public Radio today at noon to hear Lynch preview his LIVE presentation in Brookings at McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center on north 22nd Ave.

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