A Critical Approach to Conflict and Terrorism Studies in the Middle East

Tue, 19 May 2009 18:45 in Discussion Forums
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Where: Dialogue Society, London
by Dr Katerina Dalacoura, LSE

Abstract

The Middle East has been home to countless cases of violent conflict, acts of terrorism, and war in the last decade. The humanitarian and material consequences of persistent violence and conflict in the Middle East are dire. Scholarly research into conflict and terrorism in the Middle East presents a wide range of observations and conclusions about the social, political, economic and religio-ideological dimensions of burgeoning conflict and terrorism. The Dialogue Society will host a renowned scholar of the international relations, Dr. Katerina Dalacoura (LSE) to critically address academic accounts of conflict and terrorism on the recent history of one of the world’s most turbulent regions, the Middle East. The speaker will explore any association with the political instrumentalisation of religion in the region with terrorism, analyse the relationship between political representation and radicalisation in the context of domestic /transnational Muslim groups, and provide guidance on the possible paths to non-violence and democracy.

Biography of Dr Katerina Dalaboura

Dr Katerina Dalacoura is Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously worked at the University of Essex and at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Her main areas of expertise are in: human rights , democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East; political Islam; and culture and religion in International Relations. She is author of Islam, Liberalism and Human Rights: Implications for International Relations (London: I. B. Tauris, 2003) and Engagement or Coercion: Weighing Western Human Rights Policies towards Turkey, Iran and Egypt (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2003). She has published in the Review of International Studies, Millennium, International Affairs, Democratization, International Studies Notes and International Relations and has authored a number of chapters in edited books. Her book, Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.

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