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Experts Available to Discuss the Impact of Osama bin Laden's Death

Posted: May 2, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — The following professors with expertise on the Middle East, terrorism and domestic politics are available to talk about the killing of Osama bin Laden and its implications for the region, national security and the Obama administration.

The impact on domestic politics

H.W. Brands
Professor, Department of History

A renowned presidential scholar and historian of U.S. foreign relations, Brands has written more than 20 books on such topics as Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and U.S. policy in the Cold War and after. He is available to discuss various matters related to the death of bin Laden, including President Obama's stance on the war on terror and his recent address to the nation.

Bruce Buchanan
Professor, Department of Government

Buchanan specializes in presidential and American politics, American institutions, public policy and political behavior. He is available to comment on various topics related to the bin Laden killing, including President Obama's reaction and its implications for the war on terror.

The impact and reaction in the Middle East

Yoav Di-Capua
Assistant Professor, Department of History
512- 965-8142 (cell)
512-475-7259 (office)

Di-Capua researches Arab intellectual history, including modernism and the rejection of modernism in 20th-century Arab thought. He is available to discuss the impact and reception of bin Laden's death in the Arab world and Israel.

Mahmoud Al-Batal
Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Director, Center for Arabic Study Abroad

Al-Batal educates students about many of the assumptions Westerners hold about religion and culture in the Middle East. He is available to discuss topics related to the Arab world's reaction to bin Laden's death.

National security, U.S. foreign policy

Peter Trubowitz
Associate Professor, Department of Government

Trubowitz specializes in international relations and foreign policy and can talk to the “Obama Doctrine” that has developed over the past two years. In his latest book "Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft," Trubowitz examines the foreign policies of U.S. presidents throughout history and argues that the policies are shaped both by a leader's ability to govern at home as well as the need to maintain the nation's security abroad.

William Charles Inboden
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
512- 471- 2411

William Charles Inboden was senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues, including the National Security Strategy, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counter-radicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives. He is available to discuss what bin Laden's death means for national security.

How America has changed since 9/11

Daniel Bonevac
Professor, Department of Philosophy

Bonevac's research focuses on the intersection of metaphysics, philosophical logic, and ethics. He is available to share insight into the impact of the 9/11 attacks on Amercian society, and how people have changed the way they view the world since the fall of the World Trade Center. He can also share insight into whether it's morally right to celebrate the death of Bin Laden.

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