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Sunday Schmooze with Victor Asal

Sunday Schmooze with Victor Asal


March 1, 2020    
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Ohav Shalom
113 New Krumkill Road, Albany, NY, 12208

Event Type

SUNDAY SCHMOOZE – March 1st with Dr. Victor Asal, Chair of Public Administration and Policy Professor of Political Science Specialization: Comparative Politics Department of Political Science. Dr. Victor Asal will discuss issues of Democracy in Israel 

Congregation Ohav Shalom welcomes members of the congregation and the greater Capital District Jewish community to hear local scholar and security expert Dr. Victor Asal address attendees after on Sunday morning, March 1, 2020 between 10am and Noon.

A widely recognized leader in the field of public policy, Asal will speak to attendees about issues surrounding democracy in Israel. He has been a guest speaker at Ohav Shalom on several occasions.

“It is a pleasure to welcome back Dr. Asal,” says Rabbi Rena Kieval. “We live in a time of constant change and uncertainty, in Israel and in many parts of the world. Dr. Asal’s expertise and field of knowledge offers the insight we’re all seeking.”

Victor Asal currently serves as Chair of the Department of Public Administration and as a Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also, along with R. Karl Rethemeyer, the co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict. Dr. Asal is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Dr. Asal’s research focuses on the choice of violence by nonstate organizational actors as well as the causes of political discrimination by states against different groups such as sexual minorities, women and ethnic groups. In addition, Prof. Asal has done research on the impact of nuclear proliferation and on the pedagogy of simulations. Asal has been involved in research projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The Department of Homeland Security, The National Science Foundation, and The Office of Naval Research.

Suggested minimum donation $10

Reservations appreciated for planning purposes