ISIS: Barbaric or Misunderstood?

Featuring Benjamin Radd, JD, PhD

The emergence of ISIS is both a product of the Sunni-Shia divide and a symptom of regional dysfunction. Yet despite its barbarity and adherence to ancient traditions, ISIS offers a remarkably balanced and thorough framework for its followers. What or who is ISIS? Join us as a leading expert in the field dives into the origins and ideology of the formally “stateless” Islamic State.

Dr. Benjamin Radd is a professor of Political Science and Public Law in the Department of Political Science at UCLA, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Middle East Development at the UCLA International Institute. His teaching and research interests include law and politics of the Middle East, with an emphasis on Iranian constitutionalism. He also lectures on American constitutional law and theory. His dissertation, on the development of constitutionalism in Iran from 1905 to 1979, was published in June of 2015. Dr. Radd holds a Ph.D in Political Science from UCLA and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. A full-time husband and father of three, he is a native of Iran and has been living in the United States as a proud American since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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