Emile Nakhleh, research professor and coordinator of National Security Programs at the University of New Mexico, speaks about political Islam, the Sunni-Shiite Divide and the continuing threats from ISIS Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. in the Communication & Journalism Building, Room 256.

The presentation will also address the sources of radical Sunni Islamic ideology and the ensuing sectarian conflicts that are causing havoc and destruction in the region. He will also examine the changing Middle East power realignments in light of the Iran nuclear deal and the re-integration of Iran in the international community.

Nakhleh has had long careers in academia and the U.S. government. He is a retired Senior Intelligence Service Officer, a National Intelligence Council/IC Associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Nakhleh is a consultant on political science for St. John’s University, and earned an M.A. in Political Science from Georgetown and a Ph.D. in International Relations and Middle East from American University.

Nakhleh’s talk is part of a cross-disciplinary colloquium on "Islam, the Middle East and Terrorism since the Arab Spring." The colloquium is sponsored by the UNM Office of Student Affairs, the Department of Communication & Journalism, the National Security Studies Program, and the Religious Studies Program.

 The lecture is free and the public is welcome.