2 years ago

26 May, 2016

Manning Clark Centre Theatre 5

Organised by:
International Relations Society

It takes reckless courage to make predictions about Syria. But compared to a year ago, when the survival of the Assad regime looked increasingly problematic, the factors shaping the military and diplomatic outlook in 2016 are somewhat clearer.

In the wake of recent military developments, join us as Adjunct Professor Bob Bowker of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies illuminates the future for Syria as the civil war drags on. How will international players involve themselves in the conflict? What prospects face the Assad regime? Will negotiated ceasefires stand?

6:30pm Thursday 19 May, MCCT5, ANU.

Dr Robert Bowker, a specialist on Middle East and Islamic issues, is an Adjunct Professor at CAIS. Prior to his appointment in 2008, he served with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), undertaking five postings in the Middle East, including as Australian Ambassador to Jordan (1989-92) and as Australian Ambassador to Egypt (2005-08). At different periods in his diplomatic career, he served as Director, External Relations and Public Information, and subsequently Senior Adviser, Policy Research, of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza and Jerusalem; on the Directing Staff of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College, Canberra, and (in 2004) as Visiting Reader at CAIS. Dr Bowker is the author of Egypt and the Politics of Change in the Arab Middle East (Edward Elgar, 2010); Palestinian Refugees: Mythology, Identity and the Search for Peace (Lynne Rienner, 2003) and Beyond Peace: the Search for Security in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner, 1996).