EDINBORO — As the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) draws the U.S. back into war in the Middle East, a panel consisting of two Edinboro University of Pennsylvania faculty members and a visiting Fulbright Scholar will examine the context in which ISIS battles for power, the threat it poses and ways that threat might be countered.

“ISIS and a Fractured Middle East,” a presentation and discussion organized by Edinboro’s North-Africa/West-Asia Studies Committee, is Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Room 107A of Compton Hall, 210 E. Normal St., Edinboro. Admission is free and open to the public.

The panelists and their presentations are:

n Baher Ghosheh, Ph.D., “ISIS: Evolution of ISIS and Proxy Wars in the Middle East.” Ghosheh is a professor of geography in Edinboro’s Geosciences Department, specializing in economic and political geography and the geography of the Middle East.

n Hamdi Echkaou, “ISIS Threat to Arab and Muslim States: the Case of Morocco.” A visiting Fulbright Scholar from Morocco, Mr, Echkaou is at Edinboro University to work on his doctoral dissertation in Communication Studies.

n Gerry Gendlin, Ph.D., “Strategies for Dealing with ISIS.” Associate professor of international politics in Edinboro’s Political Science and Criminal Justice Department, Gendlin specializes in Russian politics, foreign policy and national security.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Nomsa E. Geleta, Ed.D., professor of education at Edinboro.

-More information: Email Baher Ghosheh, chair of the North-Africa/West-Asia Studies Committee, at ghosheh@edinboro.edu.

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