October 1, 2016 at 9:15 pm

From the U.S. Invasion of Iraq to the Syrian Uprising, Oct. 12

All students and faculty are invited to attend a public lecture by Wa’el Alzayat on “Age of Revolution: From the U.S. Invasion of Iraq to the Syrian Uprising” on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Porter 103.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, the War and Peace Studies program, and the Sociology & Anthropology Department at Ohio University, and in partnership with Shawnee State University.

Wa'el Alzayat

Wa’el Alzayat

Alzayat is Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. He focuses on national security, non-proliferation, and humanitarian issues concerning Iraq, Syria, and the broader Middle East.

He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a graduate course on Iraq and Syria from the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

Alzayat previously served as the Syria outreach coordinator at the U.S. Department of State from 2012 to 2014 where he was a main interlocutor with the Syrian opposition, including at the Geneva peace talks.

He was previously special assistant to U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey from 2011 to 2012 during the U.S. military withdrawal, and Iraq and Egypt Desk Officer from 2007 to 2011. Alzayat also served as a Provincial Affairs Officer for Anbar Province at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2007 to 2008 during the Surge, where he provided policy and operational guidance to Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Fallujah, Ramadi and al-Asad.

He was born and raised in Damascus, Syria, but he grew-up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He received an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern History from the University of California at Berkeley.

For more information, contact Dr. Amr Al Azm, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Anthropology at Shawnee State University (


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