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19 June 2014
When: Thursday, June 19
Time: 4 - 5:30pm
Where: Deakin University Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne
Why: The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham's (ISIS) capture of Mosul has destabilised Iraq and will have longstanding implications for the region as a whole.
It is expected to deepen the regional sectarian divide and heighten tensions between traditional enemies Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Who: Experts from Deakin University’s Middle East Studies Forum, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh– ARC Future Fellow - holds the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship and is an expert on political Islam and extremism, the politics of Central Asia in particular Iran and the settlement of Muslims in Australia and the Middle East.
Dr James Barry– Dr Barry is an expert on language, religion and society in the Middle East and South Caucasus with a specialty on Iran. He is currently working on a project looking at Islam and Iran's foreign policy
Dr Benjamin Isakhan–Dr Isakhan is an expert on the history of, and democracy in Iraq, and is currently investigating the complex inter-relationship that exists between the destruction of cultural heritage and sharp upsurges in terror and violence.
Dr David Tittensor- Dr Tittensor is an expert on, Turkish politics and society, religion and development, and the Middle East. His latest book looks at the growth of the Turkish Muslim transnational education movement known as the Gülen Movement.
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Professor Akbarzadeh speaks about the Taliban's new offensive in Pakistan and Muslim extremism in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria and Africa to the ABC's Zoe Daniels