Airstrikes in Syria
Friday, April 7, 2017
The University of Pennsylvania has experts who can address the political, diplomatic, military, humanitarian and cultural aspects of the current situation in Syria and the U.S. military action.
Michael C. Horowitz
Associate Professor of political science, School of Arts & SciencesAssociate Director, Perry World House
Nationally recognized expert in political science, military innovation and the role of leaders in international politics
Author of Why Leaders Fight and The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences of International Politics
Served as an International Affairs Fellow in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense.
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Lustick is the author of Trapped in the War on Terror and has served as a consultant on Middle East affairs and national security to the White House under a number of administrations since Jimmy Carter.
His present research focuses analysis of the fate of the “two state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, developing agent-based models for solving complex theoretical and forecasting problems, and understanding the dynamics and vulnerabilities of anti-authoritarian political cascades.
Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House; Professor of law, School of Law
William Burke-White, is a legal expert on international law and global governance, as well as secession and self-determination.
His work has addressed issues of post-conflict justice; the International Criminal Court; international human rights, and international arbitration.
His current research explores gaps in the global governance system and the challenges of international legal regulation in a world of rising powers and divergent interests.
Salam Al Kuntar
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, and Research Fellow at the Penn Museum
School of Arts & Sciences, Penn Museum
Dr. Al Kuntar’s research interests focus on the archaeology of the Near East, including a wide variety of themes such as ancient economy and urbanism, human mobility, cultural boundaries and forced migration. She has long worked for the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums in Syria, co-directs the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project and the Tell Hamoukar Project in northeast Syria, and is curator of Penn Museum’s “Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq.”
Paul M. Cobb
Professor of Medieval Islamic History, Chair of Near Eastern Languages and Culture Department, School of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Cobb is a social and cultural historian of the pre-modern Islamic world. His areas of interest include the history of memory, historiography, Islamic relations with the West and travel and exploration.