Karen Kramer, a political science professor at Purchase College, discussed “Political Identity in Iraq” in a presentation at the recent FIT Presidential Scholars Colloquium in New York City. Her presentation examined the roots and evolution of sectarian and ethnic conflict in Iraq, and explored prospects for national reconciliation in the country.
The presentation is available as a pod cast on the Purchase College Web site. Click on /ExperiencePurchase/KarenKramer/default.aspx and follow the pod cast link.
Professor Kramer has published widely on the politics and economics of the Middle East. Her current research is focused on the dynamics of authoritarianism in the Arab world and the relationship between political and economic liberalization. Her most recent publication, in the October 2006 issue of the "Journal of Democracy," “Arab Political Pacts: An Unlikely Scenario,” looks at the prospects for political power-sharing agreements in the Arab world.