Newswise — Professors from University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Sciences and Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce are available to comment on the intensifying situation in Libya and provide context for associated uprisings in Bahrain, Iran, Morocco and Yemen.
Suleiman Darrat, a UK professor of Islamic studies and a native of Libya, has pursued an informal education in Arabic and Islamic studies for over 30 years as student, educator, administrator and activist. Darrat has reconnected with family and friends in Libya over the past few years and has been in constant communication with those in the area.
Anthropology professor Hsain Ilahiane, a native of Morocco, has research interests in the Middle East and Africa. Ilahiane focuses on information and communication technologies, community-based resource management, development, political ecology and ethnography.
Professors from University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, including Patterson School Director and former U.S. Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, are able to discuss the protests throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa as a whole, while also discussing the social, political and religious framework and U.S. diplomatic efforts in both regions.