Brigham Young University

Middle East Studies/Arabic

What’s All the Fighting About?: The Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

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What’s All the Fighting About?: The Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

Thomas Zeitzoff and Daphna Canetti will jointly present this look at current events on  Thursday, 12 March at 11:00 a.m. in 250 SWKT.

Zeitzoff is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University.  His research examines why individuals participate in political violence, why groups fight, and the political and psychological effects of exposure to violence. As part of his research, he has conducted extensive fieldwork and survey research in Israel, Mexico, and Turkey. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared or is forthcoming in Electoral Studies, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the American Political Science Review. Zeitzoff received a PhD in politics from New York University.

Canetti is an associate professor of political science at the University of Haifa. Her research Read More…

After the Arab Spring

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After the Arab Spring

Marc Lynch will deliver this Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs on Tuesday, 24 February at 7:30 p.m. in the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center.

Lynch is a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science.

He also is a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for Read More…

Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program

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Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program

25 May–31 July 2015
Application deadline: Friday, 27 February 2015

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation’s capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

•    Professional workplace experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35–40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
•    Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
•    Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business. Read More…

Isis and the New Middle East

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Isis and the New Middle East

The director of Combat Films and Research, Dodge Billingsley, will explore the emerging issues with ISIS in the Middle on  Wednesday, 21 January at noon in 238 HRCB.

Billingsley, a fellow at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU, is also a senior faculty member at the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Civil Military Relations.

He has been a long-time observer of many wars and contested regions Read More…

A Day in the Life of a Political Officer

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A Day in the Life of a Political Officer

A workshop sponsored by the Foreign Service Student Organization featuring  political officer Kyler Kronmiller will take place on  Wednesday, 3 December at 4:00 p.m. in B135 JFSB.

Kronmiller is assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, where he lives with his wife and children. His previous post was in Jerusalem.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked in the International Law Library at the Library of Congress.

Kronmiller received a BA in international law and diplomacy, with an emphasis in European and Middle East studies, from Brigham Young University (2001) and an MS in strategic studies and international economics, with an emphasis in the Middle East, from the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins (2004).

His early years were spent in Boise, Idaho, but his family moved several times with his father’s military work.