Terrorism and War: From Khmer Rouge to ISIS
Please join us for dinner and a night of conversation and information about a topic that affects the world. Dr. Sophal Ear's research and teaching focuses on international political economy, security, and development, including how to rebuild countries after wars. Please RSVP https://diversitycenter.caltech.edu/RSVP
Sophal Ear, Ph.D., is a tenured Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Previously, he taught political economy and how to rebuild countries after wars at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and international development policy at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He has consulted for the World Bank, was Assistant Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor, and served as an Advisor to Cambodia's first private equity fund Leopard Capital. An elected member of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, a TED Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, he serves on the Boards of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Refugees International, Partners for Development, the Center for Khmer Studies, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, the Southeast Asia Development Program, and Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program. He is on the Boards of the Journal of International Relations and Development (Palgrave), the International Public Management Journal (Taylor & Francis), Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement (Purdue University), and Politics and the Life Sciences (Cambridge University Press). He is the author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy(Columbia University Press, 2013, http://amzn.to/UXhoWc) and co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China's Resources Quest is Reshaping the World (Routledge, 2013, http://amzn.to/WkxCEf). He wrote and narrated the award-winning documentary film "The End/Beginning: Cambodia" (47 minutes, 2011, news blurb http://youtu.be/QwsSDPRI25E) based on his 2009 TED Talk (http://on.ted.com/skNE) and has appeared in several other documentaries. A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he moved to the United States from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.