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Faculty panel: ‘Revolution in the Middle East?’

Unrest in North Africa and the Middle East will be the focus of a University of South Carolina panel discussion Wednesday, March 23.

Titled “Revolution in the Middle East?” the panel discussion will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 005 of the Darla Moore School of Business. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists, all specialists in the Middle East, represent a variety of disciplines: political science, Islamic studies, international business, journalism and geography. The discussion will address a variety of topics, including whether there really is a democratic revolution brewing in these nations, factors driving the current unrest and consequences of these events for the nations, regions and world.

Dr. Gerald McDermott, an associate professor of international business at the Moore School, will moderate. McDermott specializes in international business and political economy and wrote “Embedded Politics: Industrial Networks and Institutional Change in Post-Communism.”

Faculty panelists will include Dr. Shahrough Akhavi, a professor of political science and author of “The Middle East: The Politics of the Sacred and Secular”; Dr. Waleed El-Ansary, an assistant professor of religious and Islamic studies and co-editor of “Muslim and Christian Understanding: Theory and Application of ‘A Common Word’ ”; Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies and former Pentagon and White House correspondent for CNN; Dr. Amy Mills, an assistant professor of geography, cultural geographer of the Middle East and author of “Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance and National Identity in Istanbul”; and Dr. Harvey Starr, professor of political science, expert in international relations and co-editor of “Dealing with Failed States.”

For more information about the panel, contact Dr. Dan Sabia, chairman of USC’s department of political science, at 803-777-3109 or via email at


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