ISIS and the Future of the Middle East
The rise of the jihadist group ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has led many to question not only this group’s origins, but the future influence it might have on an unstable region. Professor Gelvin’s presentation will look at the origins and evolution of ISIS: how it differs from other jihadi organizations, and the impact of ISIS and the war against ISIS on Syria and Iraq, the greater Middle East and the globe.
About James Gelvin
James Gelvin is a professor of history at UCLA and an expert on the social, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East. Gelvin, who is a member of the UCLA International Institute, has done research focused particularly on Greater Syria (the area of present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories) and is author of “The Modern Middle East: A History” and “The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know.” Professor Gelvin recently received the 2015 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Undergraduate Education Award, which honors individuals in the “craft of undergraduate teaching, showcasing pedagogical and curricular achievements in Middle East Studies.”
This event is invite only.