The panelists, in a bit more detail:
John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He is a well known neorealist. Mearsheimer attracted considerable public attention when he co-authored and published a working paper titled The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.
He will be discussing the Israel-Palestinian Conflict.
Holy I/P diaries! Let the flame wars begin :-)
Fariba Zarinebaf is a Lecturer and Iran expert in the Dept. of History at Northwestern University(Ph.D. University of Chicago). Before coming to Northwestern, Zarinebaf taught at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey as an assistant professor and at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a visiting assistant professor. Her areas of interest include the Ottoman Empire, Iran, the Eastern Mediterranean world, gender and Islamic law, urban and social history in the early modern and modern periods. She has published extensively on gender and Islam, Ottoman and Iranian urban and social history, and Balkan history.
She will be discussing Iran.
Imagine that, someone who actually knows something about Iran.
Manan Ahmed, graduate student at the University of Chicago, expert on Pakistan, and proprietor of the blog Chapati Mystery, about which he says:
CM starts out wondering what T. E. Lawrence and Bhagat Singh would talk about, over dinner. And it kinda went downhill from there.
Manan also blogs with Juan Cole at Juan's new group blog Informed Comment Global Affairs.
He will be discussing Pakistan and India.
You know that country that is harboring al Qaeda (the real one) and seems to be falling apart as we speak and has nukes? Yeah, that Pakistan.
Dennis Perrin, who is the proprietor of the blog Red State Son and is the author of "MR. MIKE: The Life and Work of Michael O'Donoghue, The Man Who Made Comedy Dangerous" and "AMERICAN FAN: Sports Mania and the Culture That Feeds It." He "wrote jokes for Bill Maher and countless other comics who may or may not still be working."
Dennis is the blogger who has taken Digby to task for not being sufficiently aware that corporations have replaced nation-states :-)
Dennis will be discussing the Israel-Palestine conflict.
This should prove interesting, especially if Digby is in attendance.
And finally, discussing Iraq and leading the panel, Prof. Cole himself, who has been described thusly:
Juan Cole, Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Michigan, President of the Global Americana Institute, and the author of the most excellent blog on middle eastern affairs, Informed Comment. Frankly, he has been shouldering the load of an entire team of bloggers for quite some time. Educating idiot Americans on the intricacies of the Middle East is lonely duty. It has been kicking my ass for years. It's one of those areas where the stupid is miles wide and fathoms deep.
One of America's top experts on Iraq, and well-known to many here at dKos.
Wow again! They will be talking about Iraq, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, India
and what a dumbass Bush is. Highly relevant to our foreign policy mess, I would think.
I met Juan almost two years ago, after posting several diaries that pimped some excellent posts from his blog Informed Comment, when I was lucky enough to get him to do a video interview with me on Iraq. If you want to see and hear Juan's take on Iraq at that time, click over to my pre-Youtube video interviews at http://RealityBasedTV.com
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