Democratization in the Middle East: Charting a Course for America

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Mary Anne Wolfe Theater

Sponsored by Middle East Society, the Cities of North Miami Beach and Sunny Isles Beach, Village of Bal Harbour, Town of Golden Beach, Steinway Piano Gallery Miami, U.S. Century Bank, Dr. Jules Oaklander from Circle of Friends, and City of Aventura Commissioner Billy Joel

The event is free of charge for university faculty, staff, and students. There is a $5 admission to the general public.

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Under President George W. Bush’s administration, supporting democratization in the Middle East was considered a major foreign policy goal. While President Obama has been more cautious in the use of the term democratization, his inaugural speech identified the importance of government responsibility to its people and support of civil society in the region. Regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats are in power, the issue has become central to America’s orientation towards the Middle East.

On December 3rd at 7pm, the Prestige Cultural Series at the Biscayne Bay Campus presented by the Office of the Vice Provost of the Biscayne Bay Campus will host a panel debate, discussing how the United States should go about supporting the advancement of political freedom in the region. The panel will consist of several experts on the topic including: Eleana Gordon, Executive Director of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East; Russell Lucas, Professor at FIU’s Department of Politics and International Relations; and Robert Rabil, Professor at FAU’s Department of Political Science. The panel will be moderated by Hilarion “Lari” Martinez, a United States Department of State Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat-in-Residence at FIU’s Department of Politics and International Relations.

The event will be co-sponsored by FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs’ Middle East Society, the Cities of North Miami Beach and Sunny Isles Beach, Village of Bal Harbour, Town of Golden Beach, Steinway Piano Gallery Miami, U.S. Century Bank, Dr. Jules Oaklander (member of the Circle of Friends at BBC), and City of Aventura Commissioner Billy Joel together with his wife Sandra.

The event will take place at the Mary Ann Wolfe Theater located in the Wolfe University Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 N.E. 151st Street, North Miami. There is a $5 admission to the general public. The event is free of charge for university faculty, staff, and students. Parking is free. For more information or to reserve a seat please contact Jan Solomon, Development Officer at the Office of the Vice Provost, 305-919-5700, jsolomon@fiu.edu.