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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Middle East expert to speak on environmental destruction as weapon of war in Iraq

The Middle Eastern Studies Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a presentation by guest lecturer Dr. Ariel Ahram at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in UALR’s Donaghey Student Center, Ledbetter Room A.

The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

Ahram will present a case study of the Mesopotamian Marshes and examine how deliberate environmental destruction became a weapon of war in Iraq, the effect it had on  the counterinsurgency, and what it could mean for peace in the Middle East.

Ahram is a professor for the Government and International Affairs Program at the School of Public & International Affairs at Virginia Tech University.

His research interests include Middle East politics, state formation and state failure, global security, politics of the developing world, and multi-method research techniques. Dr. Ahram has published work appearing in many scholarly journals and is a respected authority on current events in the Middle East.

For more information contact Joshua Thomsen at jcthomsen@ualr.edu or 501.683.7028.