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    Joshua Landis

    Joshua Landis

    Associate Professor, IAS
    Director of the Center of Middle East Studies
    Cate 4, Room 385
    729 Elm Ave
    Norman  OK 73019-2105

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    Joshua Landis is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of international Studies.

    He writes “Syria Comment,” a daily newsletter on Syrian politics that attracts some 50,000 readers a month. It is widely read by officials in Washington, Europe and Syria. Dr. Landis travels frequently to Washington DC to consult with government agencies and speak at think tanks. Most recently he has spoken at the Woodrow Wilson Institute, Brookings Institute, USIP, Middle East Institute, and Council on Foreign Relations.

    He is a frequent analyst on TV and radio. (See: Landis in the News) Most recently he has appeared on PBS News Hour, the Charlie Rose Show, al-Jazeera, Frontline, NPR and BBC radio.

    He is a frequently published in such journals as Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy, and Time Magazine

    His most recent publications are:

    • Stay Out of Syria - BY JOSHUA LANDIS | JUNE 5, 2012 , Foreign Policy
      Foreign intervention to topple Bashar al-Assad's bloody regime risks a fiasco on par with Iraq and Afghanistan.
    • Why Asad Is Likely to Survive to 2013. Middle East Policy, (19:1 Spring 2012) pp 72-85.

    He has won the best teacher prize at his university; raised over one million dollars for a new chair in Iranian studies, and helped bring the government funded Arabic Flagship Program to OU. Three Fulbright grants, the SSRC and other awards have helped support his research.

    He was educated at Swarthmore (BA), Harvard (MA), and Princeton (PhD). He has lived over 14 years in the Middle East and speaks Arabic and French fluently. He has lived four years in Syria, most recently spending 2005 in Damascus as a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow and has returned most summers until the revolution began.

    He teaches: Political Islam, International Relations in the Middle East, Islam, The Modern Middle East, Culture and Society in the Middle East, the US in the Middle East.

    Selected Publications by Landis

    “The Syrian Uprising of 2011: Why the Asad Regime is Likely to Survive to 2013,” (February 2012) in Middle East Policy Vol. XIX, No. 1 (2012).   Link

    “The US – Syria Relationship: A Few Questions,” Middle East Policy, (17: 3 – Fall 2010) pp. 64-74.  Link

    Joshua Landis and Joe Pace, “The Syrian opposition: The Struggle for Unity and Relevance,” in Fred Lawson, ed., Demystifying Syria. Saqi Books, March 2009, pp. 120-143.  Link

    “Syria: Secularism, Arabism, and Sunni Orthodoxy,” in Eleanor Doumato and Gregory Starrett, Eds., Teaching Islam: Textbooks and Religion in the Middle East, London & Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007, pp. 177-196.  Link

    “Syria in the 1948 Palestine War: Fighting King Abdullah’s Greater Syria Plan,” in Eugene Rogan and Avi Shlaim, eds., Rewriting the Palestine War: 1948 and the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd Ed. 2007, pp. 176-203. (Also published in French, Italian, Turkish and Arabic) Link

    “Early U.S. Policy toward Palestinian Refugees: The Syria Option, 1949-1954,” Ginat & Perkins, eds., The Palestinian Refugees: Old Problems, New Solutions, Oklahoma University Press, 2001, pp. 77-87.  Link

    “The United States and Reform in Syria,” in The Syria Report, Paris, May 2004, No. 18, pp. 4-7; also published  by al-Tharwa Project and  “All4Syria” in Damascus, July 2004.  Link

    “Shishakli and the Druzes: Integration and Intransigence,” in T. Philipp & B. Schäbler, eds., The Syrian Land: Processes of Integration and Fragmentation in Bilad al-Sham from the 18th to the 20th Century, Stuttgart, 1998, pp. 369-395.  Link

    Highlights of Landis in the News

    Landis on PBS NEWSHOUR -- Dr. Landis was on PBS NEWSHOUR on April 2, 2012.  Syria Analyst: ‘We’re in for a Long, Protracted Struggle’ – Interview By Judy Woodruff

    Watch Syria Analyst: 'We're in for a Long, Protracted Struggle' on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

    Landis on al-Jazeera English -- On May 20, 2012, Dr. Landis was on alJazeera English with Bassma Kadmani (spokesperson for the Syrian National Council), and Kamal Labwani (opposition leader who broke away from the SNC) to discuss the opposition in Syria.

    Landis in the News

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    Syria and Middle East Security
    Jul 16, 2012

    In Syria's Sectarian Battle, Who Are The Alawites?
    NPR - Morning Edition
    June 13, 2012

    Assad Hangs Onto Power
    NPR – Here and Now
    June 1, 2012

    Few Good Options To End Syrian Attacks
    NPR - Talk of the Nation
    Guests: Rami Khouri, Joshua Landis
    May 29, 2012

    The Syian Paradox
    New York Times Sunday Magazine, By ADAM DAVIDSON, May 22, 2012

    Crony Capitalism, Syria Style
    NPR, May 22, 2012

    CNN: Q&A: What options are left in Syria?
    May 14, 2012