Chestertown, MD, March 14, 2007 — The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs will present "The Underlying Causes of the Israeli War on Lebanon," a discussion with political-science author As'ad Abu Khalil and former Israeli Ministry of Justice Policy Advisor Daniel Levy, at Washington College's Hynson Lounge on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Khalil is a professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, and visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of Lebanon (1998), Bin Laden, Islam & America's New "War on Terrorism" (2002) and The Battle For Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism and Global Power (2003). He maintains a blog, the Angry Arab News Service, in which he describes himself as an "atheist secularist."
Born in Lebanon, Dr. Khalil received a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. in comparative government from Georgetown University. He has taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College and Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
Daniel Levy is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He was the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative and directed policy planning and international efforts at the Geneva Campaign Headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Levy served as senior policy advisor to former Israeli Minister of Justice Yossi Beilin, and under the Barak government he worked in the prime minister's office as a special advisor and head of the Jerusalem Affairs unit.
As a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation, Levy seeks to encourage thought-provoking debate and offer strategic solutions for resolving the long-running conflicts in the Middle East, core among them the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has published extensively in a broad range of publications includingHa'aretz, the Jerusalem Post, the Boston Globe, the (London) Evening Standard and theInternational Herald Tribune.
Admission to "The Underlying Causes of the Israeli War on Lebanon" is free and open to the public.