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TitleUSD Panel on Political Effects of Bin Laden's Death
ContactMelissa Wagoner
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The death of Osama bin Laden may have a major impact – on U.S. policy and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa, policies about detention and questioning of terror suspects, U.S. presidential elections – or not. A panel of USD faculty members will look at some of the possible repercussions in the U.S. and abroad.


  • Ami Carpenter, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Her primary teaching and research interest is the socio-political mechanisms that enable local actors to prevent sectarian and communal violence, both in rural and urban landscapes, and particularly in settings characterized by armed non-state actors.
  • Ali Gheissari, PhD, is an adjunct professor in the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and teaches a broad range of courses on modern world history and the Middle East. He has written extensively on the intellectual and political history of modern Iran.
  • Avi Spiegel, PhD, is an assistant professor of Political Science and International Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences. A former Fulbright Scholar and Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, Spiegel has traveled and lectured extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa. He is currently completing a book on the next generation of political Islam, based on his fieldwork among young political activists in the Arab world. 
  • J. Michael Williams, PhD, JD, (moderator) is an associate professor of Political Science and International Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences. An alumnus of USD, Williams currently serves as the chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

The event is free and open to the public and to the press.

WHO: USD Professors Dr. Ami Carpenter, Dr. Ali Gheissari, and Dr. Avi Spiegel will discuss the global political effects of Osama bin Laden’s death

WHAT: University of San Diego will host a Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Daylight Series event, The Death of Bin Laden: What Difference Will it Make?

WHERE: Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Conference Room B
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2011 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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