The Towson University Journal of International Affairs is honored to host Dr. Linda Bishai in the 11th presentation of the Eric A. Belgrad Speaker Series on Monday, October 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm in LA 4310. The topic of Dr. Bishai’s lecture is:

 “Experiencing IR: Notes from a career in peace and security

Primed by the classroom experiences that developed her knowledge of international relations, Dr. Linda Bishai reflects on how her knowledge of IR and classroom experience translated into her success as a practitioner in the field. From Darfur to Iraq to Kosovo, Dr. Bishai has worked tirelessly to protect human rights, enhance mechanisms to deter and mitigate violent extremism, and promote civil-military relations. Dr. Bishai has over twenty years of experience in teaching, training, and writing on international law, peacebuilding and security sector reform, in addition to working with prominent IGOs such as the United Nations, and NGOs like USIP. Whether as a scholar or a practitioner, Dr. Bishai’s goal has been to actively prevent and counter violent extremism while enhancing the dignity of the people in the countries she has served. As a former professor at Towson University, Dr. Bishai accredits her tenure at TU with the provision of the skills needed for her successful work with civil society organizations, security forces, lawyers, and educators across the globe. In her talk, Dr. Bishai will share her experiences working in some of the world’s most unstable and vulnerable locations while connecting her activities to the lessons that Towson students learn in their international relations courses every day. 

Dr. Linda Bishai’s Biography 

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Dr. Linda Bishai monitors international security issues including African regional economic communities, security cooperation, and instability at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She has 20 years of experience teaching, training, and writing on international law, peacebuilding and security sector reform, and preventing/countering violent extremism. In her previous positions at the American Bar Association and at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Dr. Bishai designed and delivered workshops on teaching human rights in Iraq, preventing violent extremism in Nigeria and Kenya, and developing effective responses to radicalization and violent extremism in Kosovo and Tajikistan. As Director of North Africa programs at USIP, she facilitated dialogues on just and sustainable security sector responses to violent extremism and border security with high-level officials and civil society actors from the Sahel and the Maghreb. Dr. Bishai holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an LLM in International Law from the University of Stockholm, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.


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