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  • Dr. Bjorn Brenner, Swedish Defense University

    Swedish Defense University Middle East Expert Lectures on Campus

    Date: 2017-05-10 Hour: 12:10

    Dr. Bjorn Brenner, of the Swedish Defense University, who was a guest at Bar-Ilan University over the past week, delivered a lecture on the politics of the Gaza Strip. Having spent time in Gaza, he shared with students his own experience while staying there. His latest book "Gaza Under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance" was recently published by I.B.Tauris.

    Dr. Brenner researches and teaches Middle Eastern politics at the Swedish Defense University in Stockholm. Since 2008, his research has focused on Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian politics, in particular on understanding the political situation in the Gaza Strip and the tensions between the various players there. Much of this research has taken place on location in the Palestinian territories. 

    In 2009, Bjorn studied at Damascus University and during the following years, 2010-2012, he conducted field studies focusing mainly on Hamas and its government inside the Gaza Strip. As an observer staying with families with varying political connections, he was able to interview both leaders and activists of several of the political factions.