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Expert on Middle East to discuss the intricacies of al Qaeda, March 25

"Pragmatic Fanatics: The Tension Between Tactics and True Belief in al Qaeda" is the title of a talk to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.

The speaker will be Michael Doran, an assistant professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton who studies Middle Eastern nationalism, inter-Arab relations, relations between the Middle East and the West, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He currently teaches several courses that focus on the historical aspects of conflict in the Middle East as well as the more recent events that have shaped the United States' relations with this region.

Since Sept. 11, Doran has been invited to speak at numerous on- and off-campus events on the subject of terrorism and the crises occurring in the Middle East. His answer to the question "Why do Muslims hate us so much?" appeared in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs and also was published in a new book, "How Did This Happen: Terrorism and the New War" (Public Affairs, 2001).

Doran earned his master's and Ph.D. degrees in Near Eastern studies from Princeton. His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Near Eastern Studies .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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