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Why the War on “Islamic Terror” is Bound to Fail

Apr 17, 2017 04:30PM to 06:00PM
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Charles Harb, Professor of Social and Political Psychology and Chairperson, Department of Psychology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Sponsor: 

Co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice

Both on the campaign trail and during his inaugural address, President Donald Trump vowed to unite the world against “radical Islamic terrorism.” Some argue Trump’s plans to combat Islamic terrorism could backfire, resulting in more war across the Middle East.

On Monday, April 17, Professor Charles Harb will deliver a lecture titled “Why the War on ‘Islamic Terror’ is Bound to Fail.”

Harb has conducted extensive empirical research on intergroup dynamics, social cohesion and collective action in the Arab region. He is a professor of social and political psychology and chairperson of the department of psychology at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Harb currently is working on intergroup violence, sectarian and group dynamics, collective action models, and identities within the Lebanese socio-political context and the larger Arab world. He also consulted on several United Nations-related projects.

This visit and lecture is a result of a new faculty exchange program, part of a collaborative initiative between the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University and the American University of Beirut.

The Bobst Center and American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (AUB IFI) propose to study the manifold challenges that confront Arab societies as they attempt to regain (or attain) social justice and move their countries along a comprehensive economic and democratic reform trajectory.