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World Affairs Council - Great Decisions Series

11 Mar 2014

World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina
Presents the Sixth and Final Lecture in the 2014 Great Decisions Series

Israel and the U.S.
Dr. Heather Hawn
Mars Hill University

Modern Israel’s struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict. The U.S. has stepped in as Israel’s ally due to the two countries’ shared values, providing years of unparalleled military and diplomatic support. But now those ties are being tested. The Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel’s own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old “special relationship.”

An attorney and professor, Heather Hawn earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, her J.D. from Campbell University and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina. She practiced law for 10 years in Raleigh specializing in employment law and engaging in an active pro bono practice involving asylum petitions and other immigration issues. While at USC, Heather taught several classes in international and comparative politics including US Foreign Policy, National Security, Nationalism and Ethnicity, Latin American Politics, International Relations Theory, Controversies in World Politics, and Politics and Music. She has traveled extensively in Mexico and Guatemala conducting field research for her dissertation on the political behavior choices of the Maya. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MHU, where she also coordinates the pre-law and study abroad in Latin America programs.

Co Sponsored by The Department of Political Science, and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at UNCA.

Tuesday, 11 March
7:30 PM
Manheimer Room
Reuter Center

No admission charge to WAC members or UNC-A students. All others $10.00

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