Middle Eastern expert Nathan Stock to discuss Syrian conflict in Coe lecture

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2013-10-09 14:58:43 - General

A lecture entitled "The Syrian Conflict: Origins and Impacts" will be given by Middle Eastern expert Nathan Stock at Coe College. The presentation will take place in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Stock is the assistant director of The (Jimmy) Carter Center's Conflict Resolution Program where he specializes in Middle East issues. He has extensive ground experience negotiating alongside members of Hamas and Fatah on behalf of the Carter Center. Stock has published articles in Foreign Policy and recently authored and presented a paper to the UN International Meeting in Beijing that took place in June. He also regularly lectures about Middle Eastern issues at colleges and universities around the country.

In 2008, Stock joined The Carter Center as assistant director of the Conflict Resolution Program, with a focus on Middle East issues. Before joining the center, he spent two years implementing a civil society strengthening program in Afghanistan, where he led the effort to establish a sustainable network of local NGOs capable of providing capacity-building assistance to grassroots civil society organizations throughout the country. Stock spent two years in the Gaza Strip, working with a Palestinian NGO to fundraise and design conflict resolution programs targeting the Palestinian community. He has also taught English in Palestine and China.

Stock holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Colgate University and a master's degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University's School of International Service. He speaks varying degrees of Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic and Dari.

For more information, call 399-8581 or visit coe.edu.