September 11, 2015
Michael M. Gunter, Professor of Political Science at Tennessee Technological University, presented "The Kurds, ISIS, and the United States: The Mideast in Turmoil" the evening of Sept. 8, 2015 as part of the McGeorge School of Law Distinguished Speaker Series. The event was co-sponsored by the McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development, and the Sacramento chapter of the World Affairs Council.
The 2015-2016 Distinguished Speaker series featured two additional speakers so far
this year. Assistant Professor Teresa Weber, University of Salzburg, presented "Environmental Protection in Europe and Austria
- Efficient Federalism?" on Aug. 25, 2015. On Sept. 3, Donald Anton, Professor of International Law at Griffith Law School, presented "The Move to Mine
the Deep Seabed: Continuing Developments in the Legal Framework."
Professor Gunter also serves as the Secretary-General of the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) headquartered in Brussels. He is the author of 11 critically praised scholarly books on the Kurdish question and co-editor (with Mohammed M. A. Ahmed) of three more books on the Kurds. He has also published numerous scholarly articles on the Kurds and many other issues in various leading scholarly periodicals. He was a former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in International Relations in Turkey and has been interviewed about the Kurdish question on numerous occasions by the international and national press. His most recent book is Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War, London: Hurst Publications, 2014.
Professor Gunter was interviewed by Beth Ruyak on Capitol Public Radio's Insight program about Turkey's Role in Syrian Conflict the morning of Sept. 8 (Listen online).