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Islamic Studies Expert to Discuss US and Muslim World Relations After 9/11

How has the war on terrorism affected the U.S.’s relationships with surrounding countries’ governments and tribal societies? Harrison Akins will be discussing findings of the book “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam.”

Akins, a research fellow at American University in Washington, D.C., and the Ibn Khaldun Chair Research Fellow at American University’s School of International Service, assisted world-renowned author, diplomat and scholar Akbar Ahmed in the study.

“The Thistle and the Drone” is the third volume of a trilogy examining relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world after 9/11. It is based on 40 current case studies analyzing the war on terror. Beginning with Waziristan in Pakistan and expanding to similar tribal societies in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere, it offers a new understanding of the war on terror in respect to historical tensions between the countries and tribes at the war’s center and those surrounding it.

The presentation will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the Great Room in the International House, 1623 Melrose Ave. Parking is available for a fee inside the Volunteer Hall parking garage located on White Ave.

This talk is sponsored by the Institute for Nuclear Security and the International House at UT.

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