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The Roots of Unrest: Political Transformation in Brazil and the Middle East

On World Views' September 27 roundtable discussion, Suzette Grillot joins colleagues Michelle Morais and Fabio de Sa e Silva to discuss Brazil’s contentious upcoming presidential election. Then, we speak to journalist and lecturer Rami Khouri about the roots and current status of Middle Eastern conflict.

Dr. Michelle Morais is currently a lecturer in International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to OU, she was the head of graduate programs and a professor at Brazil's National School Public Administration. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Morais also served as the Coordinator General for International Cooperation at Brazil's Ministry of Human Rights.

Dr. Fabio de Sa e Silva is an Assistant Professor of International Studies and Wick Cary Professor of Brazilian Studies at OU. He also serves as an affiliated fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession. Dr. Silva also has an extensive experience outside of academia, having worked in Brazil’s Ministry of Justice and the Institute for Applied Economic Research. He has also consulted for the UNDP, UNESCO, and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

Rami Khouri is a senior fellow and journalism professor at the American University of Beirut, as well as a non-resident senior fellow at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University’s Middle East Initiative. He has also served as the first director and current senior fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. Khouri was the editor in chief of the Jordan Times newspaper and managed Al Kutba Publishers for 18 years. An award-winning journalist and activist, Khouri joins us on World Views to discuss his perspective on conflict and contemporary politics in the Middle East.


Photo: Rami G. Khouri, Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Lebanon captured during the Global Redesign Series: The Middle East G20 Imperative at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East 2009. Source

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