Global Forum: Jihadi Movements and the West: Addressing Conflict in the Middle East

October 9, 2015
9:00am - 3:30pm
Rio Salado Conference Center
Event Description: 

For a second year, the ASU Melikian Center is cosponsoring with Maricopa Community Colleges the day-long “Global Forum” for faculty, students, and the public. This year the sessions will be held at the Rio Salado Conference Center adjacent to the Maricopa Community College administrative offices. Parking is available in the structure immediately adjacent to the Conference Center. Lunch will be provided by Maricopa Community Colleges. For further information, contact the Melikian Center. Please register online at The full Global Forum schedule is as follows:

9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:15 a.m. “The Middle East in Crisis: An Overview”

  • Daniel Rothenberg, ASU School of Politics and Global Studies; Co-Director, ASU Center on the Future of War

10:45 a.m. “ISIL as Hybrid Warriors”

  • Douglas Ollivant, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. “An Alternative Perspective on the Sunni-Shi`i Divide”

  • Shahla Talebi, ASU School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

2:15 p.m. “Balancing National Security and Religious Liberty in the United States”

  • Panel discussion including forum presenters and first amendment attorney, David Bodney (Ballard Spahr, LLP). The panel will be moderated by Melikian Center Director Stephen Batalden.