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Global Tipping Points: Geneive Abdo

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester 03104


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A three-part series on current world affairs

Tuesday, May 3 at 6 PM

A House Divided: 

Islam in Today's Middle East

Geneive Abdo is a fellow at the Atlantic Council researching Iran and political Islam. She will explore how an ancient religious schism is fueling modern conflict between Sunni and Shi'a powers, fracturing the region.

Location: Multi-purpose Room, UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street (Pandora Mill), Manchester

 Directions & parking info here

Free & Open to the Public. Advance registration requested online,
via email or by phone: 603.314.7970 

Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's homeland security, history, humanities and politics and society programs

This program was made possible, in part, with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at



Geneive Abdo is a fellow at the Atlantic Council.  She specializes in issues regarding modern Iran and political Islam. She directs the U.S.-Iran Advisory Group, a program on Iran, in conjunction with Heinrich Boell Stiftung, North America. She is also the author of the recently published monograph, "The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a- Sunni Divide," published in April 2013 by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

She was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which aims to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies.

Before joining the U. N., Abdo was a foreign correspondent. Her 20-year career focused on coverage of the Middle East and the Muslim world. From 1998-2001, Abdo was the Iran correspondent for the British newspaper the Guardian and a regular contributor to The Economist and the International Herald Tribune. She was the first American journalist to be based in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and was forced to flee the country, after the regime threatened her with prosecution for her articles over the course of three years.

Abdo is the author of three books, including, "No God But God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam" (Oxford University Press, 2000).

From 2001-2002, Abdo was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. That year, she also received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim award.

Abdo is regularly sought by the media to comment on Islam and the Middle East.

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