FIU experts on the current situation in Syria

For questions or assistance in contacting any of the following experts, please call the Office of Media Relations:

Maydel Santana-Bravo: 305-348-1555,
Isabel Gamarra: 305-348-6944,
Marlen Mursuli: 305-348-2232,
Dianne Fernandez: 305-608-4870

Aileen M. Marty M.D. (Speaks Spanish)
Aileen M. Marty, an expert in chemical and biological weapons, is a professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. She served in the U.S. Navy for 25 years and attended the Navy War College where she trained in strategic studies, diplomacy, joint military operations, and the art of war. The Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) recognized her as an expert on chemical, biological, radiation, and high-energy weapons and called on her to direct policy and planning for military operations. BUMED also sent her to Germany and other locations to prepare allies for defense against chem-bio agents. Marty is one of only 403 people listed in the international roster as a member of the United Nations Monitoring and Verification Team for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Marty continues to work for the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) in areas ranging from mass casualties, to mass gathering command and control, and weapons of mass destruction.
305-348-0377 (office)

Maria del Mar Logroño Narbona (Speaks Spanish)
Maria del Mar Logroño Narbona, a native of Spain, is a history professor at FIU. Her work centers on political movements among Syrian and Lebanese emigrants in Brazil and Argentina during the period of the French Mandate. She has authored two articles on this topic, and has presented her work at several international conferences. After earning her B.A. in History at the Universidad de Alcala de Henares, she studied modern Middle Eastern history at UC Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2007.
305-348-2809 (office)

Francisco Mora (Speaks Spanish)
Frank Mora is the director of FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center. He previously served as the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he oversaw policy issues and defense relations, U.S. government funding of hemispheric defense cooperation, and the integration of U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Southern Command. Mora, a world-renowned expert on foreign policy, and military affairs, has spent nearly 30 years as an academic and government official.

Eduardo Gamarra (Speaks Spanish)
Political Science professor Eduardo Gamarra is an expert on foreign policy and world politics. He has done research on the regional dynamics of Latin America and linkages between Syria and several Latin American states. As an expert on Bolivia and the Andean region, he has followed closely the alliances formed by Fidel Castro, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. He has testified in front of the U.S. Congress several times and is the author of more than half a dozen books and more than 40 academic articles.
305-348-1718 (Office)
786-253-4898 (Cell)

Benjamin Smith
Benajmin Smith is a professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, and focuses his research on Persian Gulf Oil Monarchies, economic and cultural geography, social theory, and geographies of the Middle East. Smith can provide a big-picture perspective on Syrian conflict in terms of how different elements such as  diversity (religious and cultural), urban history, and economy have contributed to the conflict, and how these elements also affect other countries in the region.

Shlomi Dinar
Shlomi Dinar is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and Associate Director of Academics in the School of International and Public Affairs at FIU. His research considers the nexus between environmental change and international security, with a focus on conflict and cooperation over shared rivers. In addition to his research on international environmental politics, he is also working on the links between political demography and technology, which relate directly to the origins of the Arab Spring as well as the future economic and political development of the Middle East. Beyond his regional expertise in the Middle East, he has also worked on North Africa and Central Asia.
305-348-6958 (office)

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