Politics of the War in Gaza?


Professor James Russell

Department of National Security Affairs
Naval Postgraduate School


The Israel-Hamas War has polarized political constituencies across the globe, not the least of which is here in the United States. The area is now a key arena for global power politics.

James Russell, a specialist on the Middle East and popular guest at our forum, will discuss the war in Gaza in the context of local, regional, and global politics. He will also assess American strategy and policy to recast a peaceful and stable region across the Middle East.

James A. Russell serves as Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School where he teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, military innovation, and national security strategy. His articles and commentaries have appeared in a wide variety of media and scholarly outlets around the world. From 1988 – 2001, Dr. Russell held a variety of positions in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Near East and South Asia, Department of Defense.

Professor Russell holds a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in War Studies from the University of London.

Date and Times

  • Monday, December 18, 2023
  • 11:15 AM Registration
  • 11:45 AM Lunch
  • 12:30 PM Speaker Presentation


  • Salad: Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Blueberries, Feta Cheese & Balsamic Dressing
  • Bread and butter
  • Entree: Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken Breast Over Toasted Almond Couscous Served with Green Beans
  • Vegetarian Alternative: Bell Peppers Filled with Almond Couscous, Raisins, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Green Olives Served with Green Beans
  • Dessert: Lemon Bars with Berries


  • $36 for World Affairs Council members
  • $41 for guests

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