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AASU to Host Forum on the Middle East and Central Asia

Savannah, GA—In view of the rapidly changing political situations involving not only the central Asian republics, but also the volatile relations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, Armstrong Atlantic State University will hold a public forum, "Current Central Asia and the Middle East," on November 26. The forum will begin at 12:15 P.M. in room 156 of AASU's University Hall. It is open to the public.

Orli Gil, academic consul at the Israeli consulate in New York City, will be the guest speaker. She will share the panel with four faculty members from Armstrong Atlantic's College of Arts and Sciences: Dennis Murphy, professor of criminal justice; William Daugherty, assistant professor of political science; Steve Rhee, professor of political science; and Thomas Howard, associate professor of geography. The panel will be moderated by two members of the AASU faculty, Katherine Bennett, associate professor of criminal justice, and Ned Rinalducci, assistant professor of sociology.

Subsequent to the faculty panel presentation, Gil will share a second panel with members of two Armstrong Atlantic student groups, the Political Science Organization and the Honors Program. The student panel session will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 P.M. in the same location. Gil will respond to questions taken from the audience following each session.

Gil joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986 and has served in various positions since then, including counselor in the autonomy division of the Middle East and Peace Process Department (1998-1999) and counselor for the Bureau of Director-General (1997-1998). Gil has also served as first secretary, Public Affairs Division (1993-1997) and as deputy in charge of mission, Embassy of Israel in Norway and Iceland (1990-1993).

Murphy teaches an "International Terrorism" course as well as other criminal justice courses at AASU. He is an attorney and carries out law-related duties at the university as the judicial affairs officer.

Daugherty joined the AASU faculty in 1996 after retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency. He served seventeen years as field operations officer in the Caribbean and Europe, as well as Tehran, Iran, specializing in Middle East issues and counter-terrorism. Daugherty has recently published a book, In the Shadow of the Ayatolla: A CIA Hostage in Iran.

Rhee served as director of International Programs at Armstrong Atlantic from 1994 to 1997 and recently served as president of the Association of Third World Studies. He is the author of twenty journal articles, book reviews, and other newspaper column articles and is a three-time recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Development Seminar Awards to the People's Republic of China (1988), Federal Republic of Germany (1996), and Uzbekistan (1997).

Howard served as an U.S. Peace Corps member in India and participated in a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Development seminar in Uzbekistan. He also served as co-director of the Central Asia Conference held at Armstrong Atlantic in 1999 with Steve Rhee.

For further information about the forum, contact Steve Y. Rhee, professor of political science at Armstrong Atlantic, at 921.5675.


November 12, 2001


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