Fourth Generation Warfare – use of unconventional tactics against conventional military forces – will be among topics of a panel discussion, “Terrorism, War and Security,” at noon Tuesday, March 20, at California State University, Fresno.
The two-hour event, which is free and open to the public, will be at the Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center in the Student Recreation Center at Shaw and Woodrow avenues. It is presented by the College of Social Sciences and its Criminology and Political Science Departments.
The panel will provide an opportunity for university scholars and attendees to discuss the roots of terrorism and the effectiveness of U.S. counterterrorism measures, said Dr. Alfred Evans, a political science professor and the event coordinator. He said the discussion will address the relationship between U.S. oil dependence and terrorism; attitudes in the Islamic world toward terrorism and suicide attacks; and comparative perspectives on using intelligence to track terrorist cells.
Joining Evans on the panel are four Fresno State professors: Drs. Kenneth Hansen and Russell Mardon from the Political Science Department, and Drs. Kenneth Ryan and Otto Schweizer, from Criminology. (See bios below.)
A limited number of free parking permits can be picked up before the start of the event inside the entrance to the Student Rec Center.
BRIEF BIOS (and year joined Fresno State faculty):
Dr. Alfred Evans (1971): His specialties are in the areas of comparative and international politics, with particular emphasis on Russia. Last semester Evans taught a course on terrorism.
Dr. Kenneth Hansen (2005): His research includes issues concerning homeland security, such as immigration reform, and defense and the environment — especially military base closures and conversions.
Dr. Russell Mardon (1988): He chairs the Political Science Department and teaches courses in international relations theory, American foreign policy, Middle East politics and East Asian politics.
Dr. Kenneth Ryan (2006): He is a former law enforcement executive who specializes in international law enforcement and police management, applying comparative political science methodologies to criminal justice problems..
Dr. Harald Otto Schweizer (1999): He has extensive law enforcement experience in the United States and worked in Germany as a criminal investigator of major crimes and terrorist activities. His research interests are in international criminal justice and policing, to include international criminal laws and minimum hiring and training standards for police officers.
For more information, call the Political Science Department at 559.278.2988.