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Public policy experts from the RAND Corporation will discuss the ongoing Middle East crisis in a seminar titled “Interconnected Crises: ISIS, Iran and Israel” at 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2015, at Hiram College.The event will take place in the Dix Dining Room at the College’s Kennedy Center, located at 11730 Garfield Road. The event, which is free and open to the public is presented by the College’s Garfield Center for Public Leadership.

The panel will feature speakers Dalia Dassa Kaye, Ph.D., director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, and Andrew Liepman, senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Liepman was previously the principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center after working more than 30 years in the CIA.

Discussion topics will center on the crises, conflicts and transitions occurring in the Middle East, including ISIS, a radical Islamist group who took control of a mid-region territory and caused worldwide concern; Iran, which is in the midst of nuclear negotiations; and Israel, which is facing the collapse of Syria while mitigating concerns with the negotiations.

Ongoing support for this event has been provided by Hiram College Trustee, William J. Recker, Mark Logan ’60 and Alloy Bellows President and CEO, Michael Canty.

One of seven centers of distinction at Hiram College, the Garfield Center for Public Leadership was founded in honor James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States and former Hiram College student and leader. The Center prepares future public leaders through seminars, workshops, study trips and more. The seminar series brings public leaders and subject-matter experts to campus to clarify public policy issues and give students an opportunity to research the seminar topics and network and interact with these individuals.