McGill experts on the death of Osama bin Laden


Published: 2May2011

What will be the impact of the killing of Osama bin Laden in the United States and abroad? What impact, if any, will it have on the “war on terrorism”? How will it affect foreign policy, military operations, and the psyche of people around the world? The following McGill University experts are available to the media to analyze the fallout of this momentous event.

PROF. STEPHEN SAIDEMAN (Faculty of Political Science, Canada Research Chair in International Security and Ethnic Conflict)

Expertise: International relations focused on ethnic conflict and civil-military relations, NATO role in Afghanistan


Twitter: @smsaideman

Contact Info: 514-398-2324 (or through Tamarah Feder, McGill Media Relations, at 398-6754) 
Email: steve.saideman [at] Languages: English

PROFESSOR REX BRYNEN (Faculty of Political Science)
Professor Brynen is the author, contributor and/or editor of numerous article and books about the region including “Persistent Permeability? Regionalism, Localism, and Globalization in the Middle-East.”

Expertise: Peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction, Middle-East politics; regional conflict, security and development in the Middle East; authoritarianism and democratization in the Arab world.


Twitter: @rexbrynen

Contact Info: Tel: 514-398-5075 (or through Tamarah Feder, McGill Media Relations, at 398-6754) 
Email: //mce_host/channels/contribute/news/rex.brynen [at]"> rex.brynen [at] Languages: English

PROF. GIL TROY (Faculty of History)

“Osama bin Laden is spectacular failure.  He was a nihilist terrorist who brought shame to Islam and hurt his cause. By contrast, even Yassir Arafat who, in spite of employing sustained and reprehensible terrorist tactics, managed to get his people's demands on the world agenda.” – Gil Troy

Expertise: Professor Troy is the author of Why I Am a Zionist: Israel, Jewish Identity and the Challenges of Today. Troy is a native of Queens, New York. He received his Bachelor, Master and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, where he also taught for two years. Troy joined the McGill Faculty of History in 1990 and has served as chairman of the department. Maclean's magazine has repeatedly labeled him one of McGill's "Popular Profs" and the History News Network designated him one of its first 12 "Top Young Historians".  He has appeared on most major Canadian and American television networks and has been widely published and quoted in the media.


Twitter: @giltroy

Contact Info: Tel: 514-398-3898 (or through Tamarah Feder, McGill Media Relations, at 398-6754) 
Email: gil.troy [at] Languages: English

PROF. KHALID MUSTAFA MEDANI (Institute of Islamic Studies)

Expertise: African Politics, Islam and Politics, Informal Economies, Middle East Politics, Ethnic and Civil Conflict, Comparative Politics, Political Economy of Development


Contact Info: Tel: 514-398-3586 (or through Tamarah Feder, McGill Media Relations, at 398-6754) 
Email: khalid.medani [at] Languages: English

IMAD MANSOUR (Faculty of Political Science)
“It is time to rethink American global engagements.”- Imad Mansour

Dr. Mansour is a Faculty Lecturer and is affiliated with McGill’s Centre for International Peace and Security Studies

Expertise: American foreign policies and long-term strategies. American policy towards the Arab and Muslim-Majority regimes and their societies and their relations with the United States. Implications on the organization which bin-Laden left behind, and the role of al-Zawahiri.

 Contact Info: Tel: 514-398-2620 (or through Tamarah Feder, McGill Media Relations, at 398-6754) 
Email: imad.mansour [at] Languages: English

DR. DUNCAN PEDERSEN (Department of Psychiatry and Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry)

The killing of Bin Laden and its legacy on the psyche of the United States. Psychological impact of political violence, ethnic conflict, and contemporary wars.

Expertise: Social determinants of health and illness, global health, war trauma, organized violence and mental health outcomes, stigma and social exclusion, medical anthropology, social and transcultural psychiatry

contact Info: Tel: (514) 761-6131 ext. 4347 (or through Tamarah Feder, McGill Media Relations, at 398-6754) 
Email: duncan.pedersen [at] Languages: English, French, Spanish