Middle East Expert to Speak at Forum


University of San Francisco professor Stephen Zunes will speak on Middle Eastern affairs at the Alameda Free Library tonight (Saturday, Nov. 9).

His talk, which will focus on Syria, Iran and the United States, is sponsored by Alameda Public Affairs Forum.

The discussion is set to start at 7:15 p.m. Community members are invited to join group members for refreshments and conversation at 6:30 p.m. (The front doors to the library may be locked, so enter through the back garden entrance.)

Zunes is recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic non-violent action. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College.

He recently wrote the following view on the ongoing civil war in Syria and the involvement on U.S. and other troops: “Foreign military intervention would prolong the war and increase the carnage still further. But this does not mean that the U.S. in conjunction with others, including Syrian civil society, cannot do anything to help the situation.”

Janet Levaux