Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
A seminar with Rola el-Husseini, Research Associate Professor at MEMAC, the Graduate Center, City University of New York and author of Pax Syriana.
Dr. Husseini will discuss contemporary Lebanese politics, including her recent book, Pax Syriana, and her most recent research on Lebanese Sunni leadership and Islamism, particularly in connection with current events in Syria and Iraq.
About Rola el-Husseini:
Rola el-Husseini is a research associate professor at MEMAC, the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has previously held positions at Texas A&M University and at Yale University. Her research interests include Lebanese and Syrian politics, political Islam,Iran and Shiism.
Her work has appeared in Contemporary Study of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Middle East Journal, Orient and Third World Quarterly in addition to several edited volumes.
She is the author of Pax Syriana: Elite Politics in Postwar Lebanon (Syracuse University Press, 2012) which includes a discussion of events in Lebanon from 1989 to 2011, with a primary focus on the period of Syrian institutionalized influence which lasted from the Ta'if agreement that ended the civil war to the assassination of Rafiq Hariri in 2005.