Since President Obama announced he would seek Congressional approval to send missiles into Syria in retaliation for the gas attacks on its people, I’ve followed coverage of the situation even more closely.
I suspect you have, too. The news is full of debates on the subject, as well as countless newspaper columns and television interviews, including Charlie Rose’s exclusive conversation with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
We’ll dig into the Syria issue tonight on Kentucky Tonight. As usual we’ve assembled a fantastic panel for the discussion:
Lori Hartmann-Mahmud is an associate professor of international studies at Centre College. She has degrees from Dennison and the University of Denver, and she served in the Peace Corps. In 2004 and 2009, she took groups of Centre students to Cameroon to study politics and civil society.
John Stempel is a senior professor of international relations at the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He served 23 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including postings in Guinea, Burundi, Zambia, and Iran. His experience in Teheran, where he was the embassy’s principal liaison with opposition groups, provided material for his book, “Inside the Iranian Revolution.”
Bruce Hicks has been at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg since 1986. He earned a Ph.D. from Emory University the following year. His areas of expertise include political theory, American politics, and American foreign policy.
Born in Iran, Hossein Motamedi came to the United States in 1977. He is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis and the U.K. Patterson School. Motamedi is associate professor of political science and history at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. He teaches about culture and politics of the third world, politics of the modern Middle East, and world politics.
I hope you’ll join the discussion with your comments and questions on Kentucky Tonight at 8 p.m. on KET. And be sure to stay tuned for Charlie Rose’s interview with the Syrian President, starting at 9.