Mark Croatti, an instructor in comparative politics at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a visiting lecturer this term at the University of Oregon School of Law, is scheduled to speak Thursday night on the topic “What Does the Arab Spring Mean for Israel and the Palestinians Today?”
The speech, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.
Croatti’s presentation will consider the political and social change that has rocked the Arab world during the past two years as democratic movements, protests and, in some cases, revolutions have replaced long-standing authoritarian regimes.
The presentation will provide an update on which countries have seen the most recent turmoil and the greatest change. Croatti also will provide an analysis of how the unresolved status of the Palestinians has both affected the Arab Spring and been influenced by it.
Croatti has taught on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on Middle Eastern politics at the U.S. Naval Academy, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County campus. This spring he has been teaching courses on global terrorism and international conflict resolution at the University of Oregon.
The event is sponsored by the Willamette Valley Forum, a nonpartisan, nonprofit Oregon organization of volunteers dedicated to encouraging informed discussion of important, topical issues.
For information, contact Kathy Thompson at kathy.t
@comcast.net or call 541-207-4210.