SPEAKER: Jon Elliston is an Asheville-based journalist and historian. The former managing editor of the Mountain Xpress, he's currently the investigations and open-government editor at Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit news service that covers Western North Carolina, and senior editor at WNC magazine. He's visited Cuba an average of once a year for the past 20 years, most recently in April.
TOPIC: "From Humanitarian Intervention to the Responsibility to Protect: the Evolving Discourse on Human Protection."
SPEAKER: George Andreopoulos is Professor of Political Science and a member of the doctoral faculty of the Political Science and Criminal Justice programs at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center at John Jay. He is also the Founding Director of the Center for International Human Rights.
TOPIC: "Israeli-Palestinian Borders - Issues and Dilemmas."
SPEAKER: Harvey Starr is an emeritus professor of International Affairs at the University of South Carolina, and remains an Institute Associate of The Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, a Consulting Faculty in the Jewish Studies Program, and a Rule of Law Collaborative Faculty Member. Author of 18 books and monographs, he has received three grants from the National Science Foundation.
TOPIC: "DBAS (ISIS) and PKK - the Regional Struggle for Hegemony: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar."
SPEAKER: Dr. Ali Demirdas is a member of the International Studies faculty at the College of Charleston having recently being awarded a Ph.D. from the Univ. South Carolina. A Turk with Kurdish connections, he received his BA from The University of Ankara and completed a Masters degree at The University of Suleyman Demirel, Turkey.
Our Great Decisions Series, wherein we join a national conversation with other World Affairs and Foreign Policy Association members throughout the nation, is slated for six Tuesdays in February and March of 2016. We'll complete our 2015/2016 cycle with presentations in April and May of 2016.