Meet our Next Speaker

Ali Ahmida

Monday, March 6, 2017

Topic: The Libya We Do Not Know

AhmidaAli Abdullatif Ahmida is a professor at the University of New England.  He was born in Waddan, Libya and educated at Cairo University in Egypt and The University of Washington, Seattle. He is the founding Chair (2000 – 2014) of the Department of Political Science at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA. His areas of expertise are political theory, comparative politics, and historical sociology. His scholarship is cross-cultural and focuses on power, agency and anti-colonial resistance in North Africa, especially in modern Libya.

Dr. Ahmida has published major articles in Italian Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Arab Future, Third World Quarterly and the Arab Journal of International Studies. He is also the author of The Making of Modern Libya: State Formation, Colonialization and Resistance, a book published by SUNY Press, 1994, 2009. This book was translated into Arabic and has been published in a second edition by the Center of Arab Unity Studies, 1998, Beirut, Lebanon. A third edition is due out in 2013. He is the editor of Beyond Colonialism and Nationalism in the Maghrib: History, Culture and Politics, published by Palgrave Press in 2000. An Arabic translation of the book was published by The Centre of Arab Unity Studies in 2014.

Routledge Press published Dr. Ahmida’s book, Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya, 2005; an Arabic edition was published in 2009, and an Italian edition will be published in 2013. Cambridge Scholars Press has published his edited book, Bridges Across The Sahara, September 2009, and The Center of Arab Unity Studies, Beirut, Lebanon, published his book Post-Orientalism: Critical Reviews of North African Social and Cultural History in August 2009. His most recent book is The Libya we do not know (in Arabic) was published by The Libyan Ministry of Culture in 2014. Dr. Ahmida is currently working on two books, one about genocide in colonial Libya, one a biography of Libyan freedom fighter Omar al-Mukhtar.

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Upcoming Speakers

  • Monday, March 6, 2017
    Ali Ahmida
    Topic: The Libya We Do Not Know
  • Monday, April 24, 2017
    John Harvey
    Topic: U.S. Nuclear Forces: Decisions for the Trump Administration
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    Ambassador Chas Freeman
    Topic: America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East
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    Trita Parsi
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    Anne Garrels
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Posted on Friday December 12

Excerpts from January speaker Hossein Mousavian’s article entitled Why geopolitical shifts dictate a nuclear deal with Iran: “Although a week of high-level talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna made good progress, negotiators failed to reach an agreement and instead set a new deadline of March 1, 2015, for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and a […]

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Posted on Friday July 11

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