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Chaos in the Middle East: Finding the Real Cause

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Date(s) - 12/04/2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Law Building Room 5246


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AEI Executive Council At The University Of Wisconsin-Madison


A conversation on the roots of instability in the Middle East with Michael Rubin and Brian Katulis

About this Event:

The AEI Executive Council at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Alexander Hamilton Society invite you to a conversation on Middle East conflict and instability with Michael Rubin and Brian Katulis. The discussion will be moderated by Aaron Rock-Singer. There will be free wings at the event!

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he researches Arab politics, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran, Iraq, the Kurds, terrorism, and Turkey. He concurrently teaches classes on terrorism for the FBI and on security, politics, religion, and history for US and NATO military units. He is most recently an editor of Seven Pillars: What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East? (2019, AEI Press). Dr. Rubin has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in history from Yale University, where he also obtained a B.S. in biology.

Brian Katulis is a senior fellow at American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. national security strategy and counter-terrorism policy. For more than a decade, he has advised senior U.S. policymakers on foreign policy and has provided expert testimony several times to key congressional committees, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. He is most recently an editor of Seven Pillars: What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East? (2019, AEI Press). Katulis received a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in history and Arab and Islamic Studies from Villanova University.

Aaron Rock-Singer is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a research focus on 20th century Islamic movements and states. He recently authored Practicing Islam in Egypt: Print Media and Islamic Revival (2019, Cambridge). Dr. Rock-Singer has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, an M.Phil from St. Antony’s College, Oxford and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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