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Syria Teach In highlights unabated brutality on April 16


Three political sciences professors and nearly 100 students will hold a Syria Teach In from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Walter 235.

The Teach In, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for Law, Justice and Culture at Ohio University.

Nukhet Sandal, Andrew Ross and Patricia Weitsman will lead a discussion on the role of the United States and the international community as the Syrian civil war reaches its second anniversary.

"The United Nations estimates that more than 70,000 people have been killed, tens of thousands have been arrested, over 2 million have been displaced, and more than 4 million need assistance. Despite worldwide acknowledgment of the brutality of the civil war, the war continues to rage, threatening regional stability.

"Community dialogue and education about the most incendiary conflicts in the world is an essential mission of the War and Peace Studies program," said Patricia Weitsman, War and Peace Studies director.

The participants will include Nukhet Sandal, Middle East expert and specialist in the area of religion and international politics; Andrew Ross, who specializes in the study of international law, human rights, and emotions and international affairs; and Weitsman, who specializes in the area of contemporary interventions, military alliances, and coalition warfare.

Sandal is a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, where she founded the Religion and Internationalism Project. She is the co-author of "Religion in International Relations Theory: Interactions and Possibilities" (Routledge, upcoming in 2013), with Jonathan Fox. Sandal also has published and/or forthcoming work in European Journal of International Relations, Political Studies, Alternatives, Human Rights Quarterly, West European Politics, and Review of International Studies and Canadian Journal of Political Science. Sandal, who earned her B.A. in International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, teaches about human security and the Middle East.

Ross, assistant professor of political science, is author of "Mixed Emotions: Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict" (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming late 2013). The book looks at emotions as powerful and creative forces in the politics of terrorism, ethnic conflict, and transitional justice. Ross also has published and/or forthcoming work in: European Journal of International Relations, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and International Theory. At Ohio University, he is affiliated with War and Peace Studies, as well as the Center for Law, Justice, and Culture, and teaches courses on international law, international organization, and international human rights.

Weitsman, professor of political science, is director of the War and Peace Studies program in the Center for International Studies. She is author of "Dangerous Alliances: Proponents of Peace, Weapons of War" (Stanford University Press, 2004) and "Waging War: Alliances, Coalitions, and Institutions of Interstate Violence" (Stanford University Press, later this year).

She was nominated and elected to the governing board of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association in 2006. She is serving as chair of ISSS until April 2013. Weitsman received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award and she won the University Professor award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award and was the Ohio University Graduate Commencement Speaker in 2009.