This lecture will present the current major geostrategic and security issues in the
Middle East with a focus on the current conflicts in Syria/Iraq,
Israel-Palestine, and Yemen. It will also address how these conflicts may impact US
foreign policy, overall stability in the region, and related threats from
non-state actors such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Dr. Arie Perliger is a Professor and the director of the graduate program in security studies at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell. Before his arrival to UML, Dr. Perliger was the Director of Terrorism Studies and Associate Professor at the Combating Terrorism Center and Department of Social Sciences, US Military Academy at West Point. His studies appeared in seven books and monographs, and in numerous articles and book chapters and were cited in more than 1300 academic texts. Dr. Perliger was also engaged in training practitioners from various agencies such as the FBI, CIA, and ICE. Additionally, he provided professional briefings to high-rank officials from the government and military such as The Secretary of the Army, Army Chief of Staff, and SOCOM, AFRICOM, NORTHCOM and JSOC commanders. Dr. Perliger is also engaged in informing the public via contributions to various media platforms. His articles/interviews appeared, among others, in the NY Times, BBC and Newsweek. Dr. Perliger is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Democracy and Security, member of the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and a regular reviewer for various publishers and journals.