February 8, 2008

HARRISONBURG—Steven Brooke, a research associate at the Nixon Center in Washington, will speak at James Madison University on “Islam and Politics in Egypt” on Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in HHS 1302. The presentation, part of the 2007-2008 Guardian Lecture Series sponsored by the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs, is free and open to the public.

A graduate of JMU with a B.A. in History and International Affairs, Brooke subsequently received a master’s degree in Middle Eastern history from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has published widely on politics, terrorism, and other security issues in the Middle East, contributing to major journals including Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and Terrorism and Political Violence. Brooke is the co-author (with Robert Leiken) of an essay, “The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood,” which appeared in the March/April 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs, which has been the subject of considerable discussion in policy circles for its recommendation that “Washington should adopt a case-by-case approach, letting the situation in each individual country determine when talking with—or even working with—the Brotherhood is feasible and appropriate.”

Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute, said: “At a time when, as a nation, we are reassessing our strategic objectives in the Greater Middle East and the means which might be employed to achieve them, Steven Brooke has been on the forefront of the debate, raising some important points. While not everyone will agree with his policy recommendations, the questions which his work bring up need to be seriously pondered—and serious policymakers and analysts are indeed engaging him. I am especially delighted that someone who has had this impact on the discourse is not only coming to JMU, but hails from here.”