Ellsworth Lectures

The Annual Ellsworth Lecture is funded by the Robert A. Ellsworth Trust and brings visiting scholars to campus to speak publicly about their work.

30th Annual Ellsworth Lecture


Photo by Sally McCay



Gregory Gause, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont
The Syria Crisis and the New Middle East Cold War
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7 p.m.

207 Bentley Hall

This year's Ellsworth Lecture by University of Vermont Political Science Professor Gregory Gause will address the breakdown of authority in Syria and its connection to the wider crisis in the eastern Arab world. Gause also will discuss how U.S. policy is playing into the regional dynamics.

Gause holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, has authored numerous articles and books in international politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. He was the director of the Middle East Studies Program at UVM from 1998 to 2008, served as chair of the Department of Political Science, and currently teaches political science at UVM.

In addition, he serves on the editorial board of several major scholarly publications related to political science and the Middle East. His reading and speaking proficiency in Arabic have allowed him rich academic and research experiences in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Palestinian Territories and Morocco.