Tag: Middle East
ALLIES Intellectual Roundtable: “The Changing Strategic Environment in the Middle East and North Africa and Evolving Civil-Military Relations”
ALLIES (Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services) will host the Intellectual Roundtable from February 26th-February 27th on the Tufts Campus. ALLIES’ principal annual event, the Intellectual Roundtable is attended by students and faculty from across the ALLIES national network, as well as military officers, government, NGO workers, academics and other professionals.
This year’s theme is “The Changing Strategic Environment in the Middle East and North Africa and Evolving Civil-Military Relations.” The Intellectual Roundtable will include a keynote address by Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; panels featuring leading experts on civil-military relations in the Middle East and North Africa, and a student-run simulation of a geo-political crisis in near-future Algeria. Here is a link to the Facebook event.
(Cabot Auditorium is located at 170 Packard Avenue Medford, MA 02155.)
February 15, 2012 – Joshua Gardner
Will the new sense of freedom, openness, and compassion that has bloomed in the wake of the Egyptian revolution benefit animals as well as humans? On October 31, Professor Kristen Stilt, a visiting professor of Islamic law from Northwestern, offered some answers to this question. Professor Stilt began by discussing Islamic legal rules (including verses of the Quran and suras of the Prophet Muhammad) that relate to animals. These seem, overall, to require compassion toward animals, although dogs are identified as “unclean” in a ritual sense, while cats are labeled “clean.” This requirement of compassion stands in sharp contrast to the situation on the ground in many Muslim-majority countries, where there are few laws on the books to prevent animals from mistreatment, the laws that exist are rarely enforced, and prevailing cultural attitudes tend to objectify animals and treat the idea of “animal rights” as a joke. The result is that work animals are often treated harshly, street dogs are mercilessly abused, and endangered animals are shot for sport by wealthy tourists. Autocratic rulers have repressed the few animal rights groups that exist, like other non-governmental organizations, including by choking off contributions from abroad.
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Visiting Professor Chibli Mallat works with Law and International Development Society and his students to publish study on Bahrain’s constitutional options
April 13, 2011 – Cambridge, Mass. – Responding to early efforts to resolve the political crisis in Bahrain by key leaders of the nonviolent opposition movement and ranking officials in the U.S. State Department, a team of 22 students from Harvard Law School and other graduate schools have worked with Prof. Chibli Mallat, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies at HLS, to complete a detailed study on critical issues in the Bahraini constitution, possible options for reform, and language for potential amendments. The essay, “Constitutional Options for Bahrain” was published April 12, 2011, in the Virginia Journal of International Law Online. The background papers are available at http://tinyurl.com/3w59hlb.
The joint effort was initiated by Prof. Mallat when he spoke at the LIDS Allen & Overy Speaker Series. The study, which encompasses seven background papers, includes contributions from students in the Harvard Law and International Development Society and Prof. Mallat’s classes. Students worked in teams to address issues ranging from the role of the executive to comparative examples of transition to constitutional democratic monarchy. The project, … Read More »