Joshua Landis

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Joshua M. Landis is Associate Professor in the School of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma and Director of the Center of Middle Eastern Studies. He also serves as a Faculty in Residence Professor for the Walker Center residence hall at the University of Oklahoma.[1]

Background[edit]

He earned his BA from Swarthmore College, MA from Harvard University, and PhD from Princeton University. He's fluent in Arabic and French and has studied Turkish, Italian and Ottoman. He was brought up in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon and has lived in various countries of the Middle East, such as Syria, Egypt, and Turkey. In all, he has lived for 14 years in the Middle East. He has received three Fulbright grants and a Social Science Research Council award.

Career[edit]

Landis is the webmaster of Syria Comment, which is a blog about Syrian politics, history, and religion. It has been published since May 2004. Dr. Landis regularly travels to Washington DC to consult with government agencies. In 2008, he received the Outstanding Teaching Award at his university.

He is a frequent analyst on TV and radio. Most recently he has appeared on PBS News Hour, Charlie Rose Show,[2] CNN, Fox News, and has been widely quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, and comments frequently for NPR and BBC radio. He has spoken at the Brookings Institute, USIP, Middle East Institute, and Council on Foreign Relations.[citation needed]

Landis' recent news appearances can be found here.

He taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Wake Forest University, and Princeton University before moving to the University of Oklahoma

Criticism[edit]

Landis has been noted for his friendly relationship to the Ambassador of Syria, Imad Moustapha, but when Landis wrote during the first weeks of the Syrian uprising of 2011 that there was "no soft landing"[3] for the Syria regime and that it was "deeply sectarian",[4] Ambassador Moustapha cut off further contact with him on the grounds that he was a "revolutionary."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professor’s blog keeps OU in the news, world informed on Mideast nation". OUDaily.com. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  2. ^ Charlie Rose Show: "Crisis in Syria," with Thomas L. Friedman, Fouad Ajami, Joshua Landis and Anne-Marie Slaughter, February 6, 2012: http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12139
  3. ^ "Is There a Soft Landing for Syria?" Time Magazine, Mar. 25, 2011: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2061364,00.html
  4. ^ “The Syrian Regime: Deeply Sectarian,” The Economist online, June 14th 2011: http://www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2011/06/joshua-landis-syrian-regime

External links[edit]

Articles written by Joshua Landis: