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MOMocrats MOMochat: Decoding the Middle East

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2012 was supposed to be all about the economy. That changed on September 11, when US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens and three other State Department workers were killed in an attack on our consulate offices in Bhengazi, as violence spread against other US embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world. The purported reason: an ultra-low budget, incendiary YouTube video produced in the United States and seemingly created to incite Muslim rage. Can the First Amendment live side-by-side in an increasingly global world connected via the Internet? How do we reconcile and prevent incidents such as this one from reoccurring? 

Our guest this week is Mideast expert Dr. Laurie A, Brand, Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, where she directed the School of International Relations from 2006-2009 and the Center for International Studies from 1997-2000. Prior to joining the USC faculty in fall 1989, she was assistant director at the Institute for Palestine Studies, Washington, D.C. A four-time Fulbright scholar to the Middle East and North Africa, a Carnegie scholar 2008-10, and a Rockefeller Bellagio writing residency fellow for fall 2012, she is author of "Palestinians in the Arab World" (1988), "Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations" (1994), "Women, the State and Political Liberalization" (1998), and "Citizens Abroad: States and Emigration in the Middle East and North Africa" (2006).