On a Knife’s Edge: Israel, Gaza and the Dangers & Implications for the Middle East & Beyond
About the Speaker
Richard Sindelar served more than 22 years with the U.S. State Department with overseas posts that included Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the then-Sinai Field Mission. In Washington, he served three tours in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), including a tour as Deputy Director of Middle East/South Asia analysis (1991-1994) during the Oslo Accords and the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm
Currently, Sindelar is s a Nonresident Scholar in Global Diplomacy at Rice University’s the Baker Institute. He previously served as Director of the Center for International Studies (CIS) at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught courses on diplomacy and strategic affairs, U.S. foreign policy, international security, international law and the Middle East and North Africa region. He also served as Director of the CIS’ Distinguished Diplomat Program, a program geared to inspire and educate students for careers in diplomacy.
Sindelar’s interests center on U.S. foreign policy issues, international security and the policymaking process. His current research is focused on Ukraine, international law, the “responsibility to protect” doctrine and war crimes.
He is co-editor of the book ‘Crosscurrents in the Gulf: Arab, Regional and Global Interests’ and has contributed commentary and articles in a number of media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, Austin American Stateman, Lobelog, and 19fortyfive. Sindelar periodically appears as an analyst on international issues on Fox 26 News and other Houston media stations. He holds a J.D. and a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University.