Academics speak at the USJ conference in Beirut, Friday, April 15, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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USJ conference tackles issues brought forth by Arab SpringPanels of international relations experts detailed their latest research to a packed auditorium at Universite Saint Joseph Friday as part of two-day conference on developments since the Arab Spring. Patrick James, professor of International Relations and director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, remarked on the importance of holding the event in Lebanon. James presented statistical research he and his colleagues had mined from vast sums of historical data.Carole Rizkallah Alsharabati, Director of the Political Science Institute at USJ, said one of the goals of the conference was to take advantage of the diversity of the field.Bagherpour emphasized that the nature of the U.S. bureaucracy and politics results in a dearth of coordinated strategy.He recounted being limited to 15-minute briefings as he repeatedly attempted to convey complex research to a bloated and ephemeral cast of bureaucrats that changed with each administration.
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