On April 17 in Dodds Auditorium, in a talk entitled, “Why the War on “Islamic Terror” is Bound to Fail,” Charles Harb, chair of the Department of Psychology at the American University of Beirut spoke about persistent obstacles in winning the war on terror in the Middle East. Charles Harb is social and political psychologist interested in research on identities and group dynamics, with a special focus on the Arab world. His research includes investigating sectarianism, social identities, identity motives and preferences, self-concept across cultures, values, and life satisfaction. He has collaborated on cross-cultural projects on identities, emotions, social axioms, organisational behaviour, and values. Charles is currently working on intergroup distances, sectarian and group dynamics, and identities within the Lebanese socio-political context and the larger Arab world. He also consulted on several United Nations related projects.
This visit and lecture is a result of a new faculty exchange program, part of a collaborative initiative between the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University and the American University of Beirut.
The Bobst Center and American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (AUB IFI) propose to study the manifold challenges that confront Arab societies as they attempt to regain (or attain) social justice and move their countries along a comprehensive economic and democratic reform trajectory.