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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Anti-terrorism Measures and the Implications for Political Liberalization

Professor Heidi Rutz joined the faculty of the Strategy and Policy Department at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in August 2003. Prior to joining the Naval War College, she taught as a visiting instructor in the department of government at Claremont McKenna College during 2002-03. She has conducted approximately five years (cumulatively) of field research in Syria, Israel, and Jordan. As a U.S. Fulbright scholar, she also spent two years in Damascus, Syria and has also been a research affiliate with the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her dissertation research focused on the increased importance of transnational networks among ethnic and religious opposition movements in the Middle East, particularly in the Palestinian and Israeli context. Professor Rutz received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her M.A. and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rutz's current research focuses on emerging evidence that many states have begun to face significant choices when deciding on how to pursue and implement anti-terrorism measures at the same time that liberalization programs remain a priority. It addresses the possible setbacks that the U.S.-led GWOT, as both a war on terrorism and an engine of democratization, may encounter during the long and uneven process of political and economic liberalization in the region of the Middle East.

This lecture by Professor Rutz is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights as part of the Human Rights emphasis of the Center.