A free community lecture on "Arabs: A Cultural, Political, and Economic Perspective" will be presented Tuesday, November 18 at 9:30 am in the main theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College, at 100 College Boulevard.
Dr. David S. Sorenson, faculty member of the Air War College, will discuss Arab identity and the problems and prospects for the development of Arab democracy and economic development. The talk will also cover Arab religious identity, including coverage of some key tenants of Islam and will conclude with a discussion of the possible Arab future.
David S. Sorenson is Professor of International Security Studies at the Air War College, Air University. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and previously served on the faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver, Denison University, and the Mershon Center at Ohio State University.
Sorenson's most recent book is An Introduction to the Modern Middle East (Westview Press, January 2008), and he co-edited a special issue of Middle East Policy on North Africa, published in December 2007. Upcoming books include, The Politics and Process of Defense Acquisition, that will be published by Praeger Publishers in December 2008, and Interpreting the Middle East: A Thematic Introduction, and Lebanon: A Reference Handbook, which will both be published in 2009.
Sorenson has published Military Base Closure: a Reference Book (Praeger Publishers, 2007) Shutting Down the Cold War: The Politics of Military Base Closure (St. Martin's Press, 1998), The Politics of Strategic Aircraft Modernization, (Praeger, 1995). He has also co-edited Canada and NATO: Uneasy Past, Uncertain Future, The Politics of International Aircraft Collaboration, The Politics of Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War Era, and numerous articles and book chapters on Middle East politics, defense budget politics, and national security affairs.
He has done numerous media interviews, including with the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Congressional Quarterly, and the Washington Post. Professor Sorenson has served as Chair of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association, and Chair of the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association. He travels frequently to the Middle East.