Lecture Description: Retired U.S. Army General Ernest C. Audino will provide an overview of the security situations in Syria and Iraq based on personal insights from his own experiences. The allied efforts to destroy the Islamic State, the Iraqi Kurdish referendum on independence, and Great Power discord over the future of the region have cast the Middle East into perilous terrain. General Audino will explore these and other matters in this special one-time lecture.
Biography: General Audino is a Senior Military Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. He is also the only U.S. General to have served in Iraq as a combat advisor embedded in a Kurdish Peshmerga unit. He attended United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a master degree in National Security and Strategy (US National War College), a Juris Doctorate (Vermont Law School), and Master of Law, Cum Laude (Vermont Law School).
Dr. Mehmet Gurses is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. An expert on Middle East politics, Professor Gurses specializes in ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace building, post-civil war democratization and Islamist parties in the Middle East. Dr. Gurses is the Chastain Johnston Professor of Middle East Politics.
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