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Conflict with the Islamic State: GW Experts Available

September 17, 2014
As the U.S. begins its campaign against the Islamic State, GW experts are available to discuss the political, legal and international aspects of the ongoing situation.
To schedule an interview with any of the below experts, contact Nicole Carlotto at [email protected] or 202-579-8279.
Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs, in an expert on government and politics of the Middle East, democratization and constitutionalism and rule of law in the Arab world. He is currently the president of the Middle East Studies Association, the academic association for scholars studying the region. Dr. Brown is available to discuss the situation in the Middle East as it pertains to Syria
Edward W. Gnehm, Jr., Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs, is an expert on Middle East politics, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and international relations of the Persian Gulf region. Throughout his career, Mr. Gnehm has served in many roles for the U.S. State Department, most recently as the U.S. ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He is available to provide commentary and analysis on the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
Marc Lynch, professor of political science and international affairs and director of GW’s Institute for Middle East Studies, is an expert in Middle East politics, Arab media and public opinion, Islamist movements and public diplomacy. He can comment on ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
Frank Cilluffo, associate vice president and director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, leads a number of national security and cyber security policy and research initiatives. Previously, he was the special assistant to the president for homeland security, serving as a principal advisor to Governor Tom Ridge in the Office of Homeland Security after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Mr. Cilluffo is available to provide context and analysis of the evolving situation.
P.J. Crowley, fellow in the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications, is a former assistant secretary of state for public affairs. He is the author of several national security studies, including “Safe at Home,” a detailed homeland security strategy to protect the American homeland, improve national preparedness and rebuild U.S. standing in the world. Mr. Crowley is available to discuss the recent airstrikes and their political effects
Steven Livingston, professor of media and public affairs and international affairs, is an expert on media and political processes. He can comment on the media’s relationship with military policymaking and terrorism. He has been to Iraq with the U.S. military and to Syria; he has also travelled to Afghanistan as an advisor to NATO and the Canadian government.
Hossein G. Askari, Iran Professor of International Business and International Affairs, specializes in Islamic economics and finance. Dr. Askari can address the situation as it relates to economics, oil, internal politics, sectarianism and relations with Iran.
Dina Khoury, professor of history and international affairs, is a historian of modern Iraq. Dr. Khoury is available to comment on historical issues, such as the roots of sectarian politics, inter-communal relations, Kurdish relations with the central government before 2003 and cultural and intellectual matters. 
Judith S. Yaphe, professorial lecturer in the Elliott School of International Affairs, specializes in Iraq, Iran and Arabian/Persian Gulf security issues and political Islam/Islamic extremism. Dr. Yaphe is an expert on Iraqi Kurds and can comment on religious divisions in the country.
Stephen Biddle, professor of political science and international affairs, is an expert on U.S. national security policy, military strategy and the conduct of war, technology in modern warfare and recent operations in the war on terror. Dr. Biddle served on General David Petraeus' Joint Strategic Assessment Team in Baghdad in 2007; on General Stanley McChrystal's Initial Strategic Assessment Team in Kabul in 2009; and as a senior advisor to General Petraeus' Central Command Assessment Team in Washington, D.C., in 2008-09.
James Lebovic, professor of political science and international affairs, is an expert on military spending, deterrence, arms control, weapons acquisition, the arms trade, foreign aid and international conflict. Dr. Lebovic is available to provide context and analysis of the evolving situation.
Peter Raven-Hansen, Glen Earl Weston Research Professor of Law, is an expert on national security and counter terrorism law. Mr. Raven-Hansen can provide commentary on the legality of war and the president’s war powers.
GW’s Flash Studio, a state-of-the-art broadcast studio, is available for remote, live or taped television and radio interviews. The studio is operated in partnership with VideoLink.