Press Release for Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Expert on the Middle East to Speak at UNF

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

Middle Eastern affairs expert Michael Doran will speak on “The Schizophrenic Saudi State” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus. Doran is an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His lecture is co-hosted by the World Affairs Council’s Global Issues Forum and UNF’s Distinguished Voices Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public. This lecture was originally to be held in the fall, but was rescheduled because of a hurricane threat.
Doran studied the first Arab-Israeli war and published Pan-Arabism Before Nasser: Egyptian Power Politics and the Palestine Question. His articles in Foreign Affairs - “Somebody Else’s Civil War,” “Palestine, Iraq, and American Foreign Policy” and “The Saudi Paradox” - have made him a popular speaker on Middle Eastern issues.
Doran received his doctorate from Princeton in Near Eastern Studies in 1997 and has worked at Princeton since 2000. He worked as a professor of history at the University of Central Florida from 1997-2000.
UNF and the World Affairs Council are co-hosts for several lectures. The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the community in global issues. For a complete list of Distinguished Voices lectures at UNF that are free and open to the public, visit and click on the Distinguished Voices link.
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