Monday, October 5, 2015

Hot Topic: Russian Airstrikes in Syria

As Russia continues its air strikes in Syria, Carleton experts are available to comment on the situation.

Elliot Tepper
Distinguished senior fellow at NPSIA and senior research fellow with the Centre for Security and Defence Studies

Phone: 613-225-8076 or 613-852-4262 or

Tepper has worked with national and international organizations on a broad range of topics. He can offer commentary on general topics of international relations, such as nuclear issues, the United Nations and great power politics; and geopolitical issues such as terrorism. More specifically, he is available to comment on issues relating to Asia (for example, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Korea and China) and the Middle East (Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Israel and Palestine).

Greg Fisher
Associate professor in the College of the Humanities

Phone: 514-550-6792 (cell) or 613-520-2600, ext. 8425

Fisher is available to discuss cultural heritage issues in Syria. He is the author of Between Empires. Arabs, Romans, and Sasanians in Late Antiquity which examines the political and cultural background to Islam. His research interests focus on the Middle East in late antiquity, particularly on the political impact of the Roman and Sasanian Iranian empires in the region.

Nahla Abdo
Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 3569

Abdo does not support the existing discourse supporting the U.S. coalition and condemning the Russian strikes. She believes coalition has resulted in ISIS expanding, controlling more territories and terrorizing more Syrian residents. She is against any foreign intervention in the Middle East, but she supports serious activities to help the Syrian government eliminate ISIS and al-Qaida.

Jeff Sahadeo
Director of the European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EUROS)

613-520-2600, ext. 2996 
or 613-523-9198

Sahadeo is an expert on Eastern Europe and Asia. He works on issues of colonialism, nationality, frontiers and borders in relations of power, and the creation of identities and states.

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