The war in Gaza, coming in the final hours of the Bush Administration, created new realities for the already complicated Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The results of the recent Israeli elections are likely to complicate peace efforts even further. Why did Israel invade Gaza? What impact did the Gaza invasion have on the outcome of the recent Israeli elections? Who is Hamas and what are its objectives? How should the Obama Administration proceed in its efforts to promote a permanent peace settlement?

On Wednesday, March 11, 2009, the public will have a unique opportunity to gain insight into the underlying causes of the recent fighting in Gaza, the impact on the recent Israeli elections, and the impact on the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace more generally when Green Mountain Global Forum hosts Dr. Quinn Mecham, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College. Mecham will speak on "The Politics and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion."

Mecham is a specialist in Middle Eastern politics. His research focuses on political Islam and civil conflict in the Muslim world. He has traveled and performed research in many countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Turkey, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, and Kuwait.

Some of his recent publications include, "Why Do Islamist Groups Become Transnational and Violent?" and "When Islam Enters Politics, Structural Contexts for Islamist Political Mobilization."

This presentation is sponsored by the Green Mountain Global Forum and will take place Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at 7pm at the 1824 House in Waitsfield.