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Public Affairs Discussion Group

"Current Issues Confronting the Middle East"

October 27, 2006
Guilford House, Guest Lounge

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Professor Pete Moore

Pete Moore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University


Dear Colleagues:

Nothing drastic from the middle east has taken over the TV screens of late – perhaps because there has been so much attention to Mark Foley and the upcoming MidTerms. But the casualty level in Iraq is very high, the reverberations of the Israel/Hezbollah conflict continue, and the conflict between Hamas and Fatah, and within the government of the Palestinian National Authority, shows no sign of being resolved.

So it seems a good time to review the situation in Iraq and around Israel, and to do that our Friday Public Affairs Discussion lunch will be led on this Friday, October 27, by Pete W. Moore, Assistant Professor of Political Science. As many of you know, Pete has spoken to the group twice before, and always has trenchant observations. He is the author of one book and a series of articles about politics within the Middle East, based on extensive field research.

As usual, the Friday lunch will gather on the first floor of Guilford House, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cookies are kindly provided by generous supporters of the discussion, and hot beverages (and a few colder ones) by the Office of University Communications.

I’m pleased to announce also that the audio of the September 7 discussion of the Israel/Hezbollah conflict has now been posted on the Center for Policy Studies website. It features commentary from Pete Moore, Peter Haas, and Ramez Islambouli, with a bit from me. Peter Haas is Abba Hillel Silver Professor and Chair of our Department of Religion, and Ramez Islambouli is Lecturer in Arabic in DMLL and Adjunct Professor of Islamic Law in the Law School. The recording can be found at

Also, next week there will be two events providing views of how the 2006 election might turn out. Our Friday Lunch on November 3 will feature Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Andrew Lucker, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science, with Ken Ledford moderating. And, on Wednesday November 1, Alec Lamis will host a discussion from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge of the Thwing Center, featuring political consultants Bob Dykes and (former Cuyahoga County Commissioner) Lee Sweigart. Information is at

All the best,
Joe White

More About Our Guest

Dr. Peter W. Moore is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University, and comes to Case from the University of Miami (Florida). His teaching fields are comparative politics (focusing on the Middle East), international relations, political economy, crisis, conflict, and war. Among Pete’s publications is Doing Business in the Middle East: Politics and Economic Crisis in Jordan and Kuwait (Cambridge University Press: 2004). Dr. Moore speaks both Modern Standard Arabic and German. Among the course he teaches are POSC 370K/470K, Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion in World Politics, and POSC 379/479, The Middle East: Politics, Economics, and American Policy.

Fall Semester Schedule

Sept 1: Ken Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law, hosts Jon Entin, Professor of Law and Political Science, to discuss the first year of the Supreme Court with John Roberts as Chief Justice.

Sept 8: Leonard Lynn, Professor and Chair of the Department of Policy and Management at the Weatherhead School of Management, on what U.S. leadership in engineering could mean with the rise of India and China.

Sept 15: Mark Naymik, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on this year’s statewide elections in Ohio.

Sept 22: Greg Eastwood, Interim President of Case Western Reserve University, on “The Interim Period: Tasks for Today and Ideas for the Future.”

Sept 29: Alan Weinstein, Professor and Director, Law and Public Policy Program, Cleveland-Marshall College of the Law, "Eminent domain: State Legislative Responses to Kelo vs. New London: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

Oct 6: Amy Hanauer, Executive Director, PolicyMatters Ohio, on raising the minimum wage

Oct 13: Marty Kress, Executive Director of the National Space Science and Technology Center, University of Alabama at Huntsville, on Organizing NASA for Space Exploration. NOTE: Tentative room change to Mather House 100.

Oct 20: Michael Wager, Vice Chair and Chair Elect of the Port Authority, on its role in local economic development issues.

Oct 27: Pete Moore, Assistant Professor of Political Science, on whatever is happening in the Middle East at the time.

Nov 3: Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Andrew Lucker, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science: Midterm Election forecast.

Nov 10: Eric J. Topol MD, Professor of Genetics, on concerns about conflicts of interest in medical research.

Nov 17: Norman Robbins, Emeritus Professor of Neurosciences, on class bias in who gets to vote.


Dec 1: Jerome Liebman MD, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, on National Health Insurance

Dec 8: Terry Wolpaw MD, Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs, School of Medicine, on the new demands on or expectations of medical education. 

Parking: For those people who seek to make special arrangements about parking, the contact person now will be Fay Alexander.  Her phone number is 368-4440, and her e-mail is

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