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Center for Policy Studies
Public Affairs Discussion Group

Origins and Prospects of the Islamic State
Karl C. Kaltenthaler, Ph.D. - Professor of Political Science, University of Akron and Director of Research Projects, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Friday April 3, 2015
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

The Islamic State, which is also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, has become the new face of military Islam. Its development out of the nearly defunct Al Qaeda in Iraq has been a startling transformation from a group near destruction to one that controls territory the size of Great Britain in Syria and Iraq and has sprouted franchises in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Yemen.

Professor Kaltenthaler will discuss a series of questions related to the Islamic State. How was the Islamic State able to make such a tremendous resurgence and conquer so much territory so quickly? In what important ways does the Islamic State differ from Al Qaeda? What are the ramifications of the competition between the Islamic State and Al Qaeda? What will it take to defeat the Islamic State and do the prospects for that look promising? What are the stakes in the Islamic State's rise and future?

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest

Professor Karl Kaltenthaler received his Ph.D. from Washington University in 1995. His research has centered on how publics in various countries think about issues such as political violence and terrorism as well as international and domestic policy issues such as welfare provision, privatization, economic integration, and trade. He has a particular interest in how individual social psychology affects how people think about politics. He is currently working on a series of projects on how terrorism and the U.S. “war on terror” are perceived in the Islamic world. Professor Kaltenthaler is currently running a nation-wide survey project in Pakistan focusing on public attitudes toward Islamist militancy and media consumption.

Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convenes each Friday when classes are in session, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. We usually meet in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

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Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

April 10: Obama's White House and Management Style: A Recipe for Success or Failure? With David B. Cohen, Professor of Political Science, University of Akron.

April 17: Is It Time For A New U.S. “Grand Strategy?” With Patrick C. Doherty, Co-director, Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University.

April 24: Avoiding Vaccinations: Reasons and Consequences With Irena L. Kenneley, Associate Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
March 30, 2015

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Upcoming Events

The Democracy Establishment

A discussion with Sarah Bush Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, Temple University, Tuesday March 31, 2015, 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom A, Case Western Reserve University, 11308 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. Sponsored by the generosity of Ms. Eloise Briskin and the Center for Policy Studies.

When U.S. government democracy assistance was launched three decades ago, it fostered real change, as in Poland and Chile, by supporting dissidents. Since then, democracy promotion has grown into an international industry. But assistance from both the U.S. and other donors normally finances programs that are not in the least threatening to authoritarian regimes. Instead, it finances technical assistance programs that considerable evidence suggests are ineffective. Or, it focuses on quantitative outcomes, such as the number of women in parliament, on which it is easy to show success but that do not threaten autocratic governments. Professor Bush argues that these results fit the incentives for organizations that must have permission to operate in countries in order to be funded, and that must compete with each other for donor support. In short, the rise of a "Democracy Establishment" has "tamed" democracy promotion.

Professor Bush's talk will be based on the research for her book with Cambridge University Press, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators, scheduled for release on the day of her talk at CWRU. Dr. Bush earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Security Program of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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