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The Bush Administration's Errant Strategy Towards the al-Qaeda Challenge

A public lecture to be held Monday, January 27, 2-4 pm at 10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA.

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Dr. Abdulkader Sinno
Center for International Security & Cooperation Fellow
Stanford University

Professor Sinno's website says about himself:

I was born in Beirut, Lebanon to wonderful loving parents who taught me the love of learning.  I was three years old when the Lebanese Civil War began, and I emigrated to the US during its last year.  I was eighteen, and decided I had enough.  I began by studying aerospace engineering in the US, but soon discovered I had a greater passion for the humanities and social sciences.  I switched to an interdisciplinary major--Jewish studies--and wrote an honors thesis on religious gatherings to honor saints in Israel.

Growing up in a country torn by civil war left many of my cohort with a sense of vulnerability and a feeling of powerlessness.  The events that shaped our lives seemed too great and unfathomable.  Some tried to make sense of them through conspiracy theories or elaborate explanations.  Others fatalistically gave up on understanding what drove the behavior of belligerents.  I decided to learn more.

One of my major concerns as an academic and as a Muslim/Arab-American is the increased readiness of some politicians, religious leaders, and organizations to restrict our civil rights, undermine academic integrity, and marginalize Muslim Americans.  All three concerns overlap.  

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