Amin Saikal is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Public Policy Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations, and Visiting Fellow to Princeton University, Cambridge University; the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and Indiana University. He is an awardee of the Order of Australia (AM), and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
He is the author of numerous works on the Middle East, Central Asia, political Islam, and Russia. His recent works include: Iran at the Crossroads (Polity Press, 2016); Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq (I.B. Tauris, 2014); and Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (I.B. Tauris, 2012); The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran – from Autocracy to Religious Rule (Princeton University Press, 2009); Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation? (Palgrave Macmillan); and editor of The Arab World and Iran: A Turbulent Region in Transition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Weak States, Strong Societies: Power and Authority in the New World Order (I. B. Tauris, 2016). He has published numerous articles in major international journals, book chapters in edited volumes, feature articles in major dailies, and he is a frequent commentator on Australian and international TV and radio.
Canberra Writers Festival events
Eastern promise or clear and present threat? Geopolitical and sectarian challenges to Australia from the Middle East: Gareth Evans in conversation with Amin Saikal and Raihan Ismail.
Join international affairs expert Gareth Evans and two of Australia’s premier academic experts on Middle Eastern, Arabic and Islamic issues and Australia’s former Foreign Minister as they discuss challenges for Australia as a result of geopolitical instability and the rise of sectarianism in the Middle East.
Date: Sunday 27th August 2017
Venue: University House, Australian National University
Tickets: Free, but bookings required for capacity.